top of page
  • Writer's pictureLiveology

Asana | No. 3 of The 8 Limbs of Yoga


Postures are a great entryway to yoga, but there is so much more to yoga than asana.



The Previous Limb -> Niyamas



Etymology


Sanskrit Word: Asana

English Translation: Posture



References to Asana:


Sthira sukhamasanam. Yoga Sutra 2.46

"Asana is a steady, comfortable, posture that can be held without interruption."



Information



It's really important to remember that asana, or the postures that we do in yoga class are the third limb of yoga there are two limbs that come before that. If we haven't set our heart in the right intention and haven't really set an intention to do a spiritual practice of inward reflection, yoga can become more like athletic exercise or something that's really not yoga.


When I go to yoga classes, I think it's really important to consider:


"I know we're doing postures here,

I know there are asanas being practiced,

but are we really practicing yoga?


Are there cues for me to look inwardly or are there cues for me to look outwardly?

Are there cues for me to study myself or are there cues for me to hey look at everybody else?"



Just really thinking about that and what we're really learning in our yoga practice.



The Next Limb -> Pranayama


Related Posts

See All

Breath of FIRE Kapalabhati + Kumbhaka Pranayama

Intermediate breathwork for energy. Breath of fire 100 times followed by a 60 second hold repeated 3x. Featuring Christina V. Mills Liveology® Yoga Studios creates uplifting content for your whole li

Comments


Image by Matt Flores
START
HOME
 
Image by Erik Brolin
MEDITATION FOR ALL
LIVE ONLINE
EVENTS
Janu-Sirsasana-Liveology.jpeg
SO MUCH YOGA
YOGA
STUDIO
Image by Juno Jo
JOIN THE PARTY
BECOME
A MEMBER
Image by Julianna Corbett
LEARN MORE
WELCOME
CENTER
peace-love-tee.jpg
OUR
PRODUCTS
bottom of page