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Any of a number of poses used in yoga, usually part of a routine of exercises, practised daily for 10–20 minutes; asana aid in neuromuscular integration and may stimulate the activity of certain organs. Each of the more popular asanas are believed to have some form of therapeutic benefit.
A position that strengthens the back muscles and vertebral column, and helps in digestion.
A serpentine position that improves digestion.
A position of complete relaxation, which is believed to be effective in treating back pain, stress and hypertension.
A position that helps improve balance, open the nasal passages, strengthen the hips and thighs and combat fatigue.
Easy bridge pose
A position that reduces back pain and fatigue, hypertension, improves the circulation to the head and stimulates the endocrine system.
A less strenuous form of the boat pose.
A breathing exercise that relaxes facial muscles and eases tension.
A position that is the basis for all other poses; it teaches correct posture, and is believed to slow the progression of osteoporosis.
Standing sun pose
A position believed to improve neural function, constipation, bladder problems and loosen the hips and shoulders.
Seated sun pose
A position that is believed to help in digestion and impotence, and strengthen leg muscles.
A position that tones the legs, and improves balance, concentration and breathing.
A position that loosens the hips, lower back and improves breathing.
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asana(os′ă-nă) [Sanskrit āsana, sitting down]
Any yoga posture employed in traditional Indian healing for flexibility, strength, relaxation, and mental discipline.
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Yoga posture or stance.
Mentioned in: Hatha Yoga
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