Proper exercise (Asanas)
1. Proper exercise (Asanas)
Proper physical exercises, known as asanas in Sanskrit, have a positive effect on all parts of the body: Similar to the function of oil in an engine, the asanas enhance the flexibility of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and stimulate circulation. Yoga exercises have a rejuvenating effect on the whole organism and are thus incomparable to any other system. When performed slowly and with awareness, the asanas give a sense of physical well-being. At the same time, they are a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
Often underrated – the spine
Yoga exercises are primarily focused on the health of the spine. The spine is the base of the central nervous system, the body's communication system. The spine is a direct extension of the brain, so a healthy, straight spine promotes the health of the entire body. Keeping the spine strong and flexible through proper exercise stimulates blood circulation, ensures an adequate supply of nutrients and oxygen to the nerves, and maintains the ideal weight of the body.
Goal: Control over the mind
Asanas stimulate the acupuncture zones of the body. When these points are activated, the flow of prana (life energy) increases. Performing the asanas massages the internal organs and boosts organ function. Together with the yoga exercises of deep breathing, relaxation and concentration, asanas can help us develop control over the mind. The mind – by nature restless and always following sense impressions – is directed inwards, withdrawn from the objects of the senses and gradually brought under control.