Asanas- History and Benefits

Asanas- History and Benefits
  • Yoga as a practice has deep historical significance in the Indian culture. Yoga is intrinsically woven in to the fibre of Indian culture and people have been practicing yoga and performing various asanas for more than a thousand years. There is not much information available on the details regarding the birth of yoga but it is believed that an Indian sage called Pantanjali was the founder of Yoga and many of the different asanas practiced in Yoga.
  • The asanas were a part of a theorem authored by him called “Raja Yoga Sutra”. Yoga was only a part of this theorem but now it is the only part remembered and followed by people all over the world. A literal translation of the word Asana is posture of the body. The posture is the most critical part in Yoga. A proper posture along with the right techniques would indeed result in positive improvement.
  • The reason as to why Yoga is so famous throughout the world is that it is extremely effective if done right. The benefits are multiple and the positive results are never ending. Asanas have a deep positive impact on the physicality of a human being. It releases all the tension being built up in the musculature. This tension leads to more stress and fatigue.
  • Asanas also increase the flexibility of the ligaments and various muscle groups. The increased flexibility also results in core strengthening of these muscles. They play a vital role in increasing blood circulation to various parts of the body. Different asanas are responsible for increasing blood circulation and flexibility in different parts of the body.
  • Asanas also have a positive impact on the functioning of the nervous system. Another major benefit of practicing asanas is that it helps in lubricating joints and tendons. After all tendons and ligaments are the connecting tissues to the bones and flexibility of these tissues is of prime importance.