Yoga Aasans | aim of yoga Aasans | Vajra Aasan | Method | Benefits

The aim of yoga Aasans is to keep both the mind and the body in perfect health through exercise of the body and the mind. The special feature of yogaaasan is that what they do for the body, they do for the mind in a much more effective way. They are not only body-building exercises: more than that, they increase the mental powers. By achieving equanimity through asanas and pranayama, we control our senses as well as our breathing, which is capable of lengthening lifespan.

The aim of yoga aasans

More elastic our limbs, more healthy we are. In fact, elasticity is life. The age between 35 and 60 years is such that many of our limbs start becoming stiff and lose their elasticity. It is therefore most essential to take care of the body during this period. The old-age diseases, such as heart attack, blood pressure and diabetes generally attack a man during this period. Those who do not want to lose the chance of keeping their youth intact and their body health in perfect order should invariably practice yogasanas daily, so that the elasticity of limbs is maintained and the mental faculties do not disintegrate.

The impurities, which are formed due to the wear and tear of the body and the accumulation of wastes after the food has been digested, like

(i) Through the nose in breath,

(ii) Through the anus in the form of excreta,

(iii) Through urine, and

(iv) Through the skin in the form of perspiration and dirt.

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Diseases are caused in the body when the impurities get accumulated in it. It is very obvious that if all these outlets are clean and open, and the wastes find their outlet properly through them, we can never fall ill. The regular practice of yogasanas keeps these outlets clean and open, besides Strengthening the organs which are responsible for excreting these impurities.

Yoga Aasans  are of two types: meditative and physical.

Those involving mental activity are meditative, such as Padmasana, Siddhasana and Sukhasana; and those which are done primarily for keeping the body fit are physical asanas.

Yoga aasan name– some yoga asanas names are following.
Tadasana, Hastottanasana,Trikonasana, Katichakrasana, Vrikshasana, Garudasana, Utkatasana, Vajrasana, Supta Vajrasana, Swastikasana, Ardhamatsyendrasana, Padmasana,, Ardhapadmasana, Gomukhasana, Niralamba, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Ardhashalabhasana, Makarasana, Dhanurasana, Yogamudrasana, Uttanapadasana, Pawanamuktasana, Paschimottanasana, Matsyasana, Naukasana, Setubandhasana,   Chakrasana, Ardhahalasana, Halasana, Shavasana

While performing Yoga Aasans keep in mind five essential principles.

(1) Bending of the body

(2) Retaining the posture as per individual capacity

(3) Control breathing (exhaling, chafing, inhaling, retention after inhaling as well as exhaling)

(4) Concentration on portion of the body being stretched

(5) Awareness about concentration centers.

Practice of these principles increases effectiveness of the asanas and sequence of Pranayama is practiced. Sometimes we retain the posture with breath exhaled, while some time inhaled, e.g. in Paschimottana Asana we reach final position while exhaling and concentrating on spinal region behind the naval area i.e., Manipur chakra. In Bhujanga Asana we attain the posture while inhaling and concentrating on spinal area behind throat i.e. Vishuddhi Chakra.

The method mentioned above, when followed methodically with faith, makes breathing stabilized and controlled. This results in calming the mind. While cleaning the body asanas help calming the nervous system.

Vajra Aasan | Method | Benefits | Precautions

This is a meditative posture. Vajra aasan is the only asana which can be practiced immediately after taking meals. Method of Vajrasana and Benefits of Vajrasana are following.

method of vajrasana

Method of Vajra Aasan-

Sit with legs extended together, hands by the side of the body, resting on the ground. Fold the left leg at the knee and place the foot under the left buttock. Similarly, fold the right leg and place the foot under the right buttock. Place both the heels so that the big toes overlap each other. Position the buttocks in the space between the heels. Keep the hands on respective knees. Keep spine erect, gaze in front or close the eyes. Initially you can stay for 10-15 seconds.

While returning to the original position, bend a little towards right side, take out your left leg and extend it. Similarly, extend your right leg and keep arms on the sides of the body. Return to the original position.

vajra aasan

For the practice of Vajrasana, keep the following things in mind.

In the final posture spine must be erect. Do not bend forward or backward. Heels should be outside and buttocks should be resting on the heels.

Benefits of Vajra Aasan-

It is a meditative posture and helps in concentration. It improves our digestive system. This strengthens muscles of thighs and calf.


Those suffering from chronic knee pain should not practice Vajrasana.

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Vajra Aasan | Method | Benefits | Precautions

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