Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)

The Tortoise Pose (Kurmasana)

The Monkey God Pose (Hanumanasana)

Peacock Pose (Mayurasana)

Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana)

About Asana

Asana is first stage in Yoga practice, and it accompanies the practitioner up until the highest stage.

Perfection in asana, according to Pantanjali, allows one to go beyond the pairs of opposites. 

The asana enables us to strengthen and our body and make it flexible. It promotes health and vitality. It enables the motion of the Prana in the body and its accumulation in certain parts of the body according to the shape of the body in the asana, somewhat like a container within which the water takes its shape.

The asana is one of the basic and most powerful tools, with which one is able to experience profound change, which is beyond relief of pain and of physical limitations. When the asana is performed with complete awareness, attention and breath, it dissolves mental distresses and barriers. It allows development of differentiated distinction (viveka khyati in Patanjali’s words), concentration and clarity of mind, which are the building blocks of the Yoga practice.

This page illustrates a number of Yoga postures – asanas – in varied aspects. Each posture is accompanied by commentary about its background, and a narrated video clip highlighting the correct way of practicing it.