Asanas are the third limb on the Eightfold Path.
In Raja Yoga, or the “Royal” Path of Yoga, focused on the practical application of the Yoga Sutras (also known as Eight Limbed or Ashtanga Yoga, but not to be confused with the Asana practice of the same name), Asanas are described by Patanjali as “steady, comfortable posture.”
In Hatha Yoga (the most popular and well-known form of Yoga practiced in modern times and in Western cultures, focused on the use of Asanas, Pranayamas, Bandhas, Shatkarmas, and Mudras to obtain higher states of being and consciousness through the clearing of the body’s energy channels), Asanas are practiced before even Yamas and Niyamas to open psychic and energetic channels before graduating to higher limbs on the Eightfold Path and limbs 5-8 of Raja Yoga.
In this form of Yoga, the use of Asanas are well studied and performed as a means to prepare the body to sit for long periods of time in meditation to obtain higher states of consciousness once the necessary preparations have been made to master one’s use of energy.
Since Asana practice is such an important part of any Yoga practice (Raja, Hatha, and almost all other paths), this course provides you with the foundational knowledge required to get started with safely crafting your own personal Asana routine and engaging with group Asana Classes in structured settings so that you can make the necessary preparations for success in meditation that leads to reaching the state of Samadhi that is the goal of Eight Limbed Yoga practice. The course is free to all Student and Live Asana Classes Subscribers.