Yoga Asanas: Basic Postures

Asana is an aspect of yoga where different postures are used to achieve meditation. Yoga asanas can be easy to difficult depending on the stage of yoga that the individual knows. The yoga asanas is used to attain a person's sense of well being, promote flexibility and vitality as well as increase one's ability to stay in one position for long periods of time. There are several basic yoga asanas that are usually taught to beginners. These are the easier asanas so as not to hurt or give the beginner a sense of pain.

In the yogin language, the term yoga asanas literally means the place where the practitioner sits and the manner in which that individual is seated. The person practicing yoga needs to be relaxed in his given position no matter how difficult the position may look like. Executing yoga asanas is third place of all eight limbs of traditional of classical yoga.

Although, yoga asanas contribute mainly to the popularity of yoga, they are not the only aspects of yoga. Knowing the asanas is only a small part of yoga and individuals who go through the entire practice are said to achieve powers.

Easy Yoga Asanas

Several easy yoga asanas are the Shavasana (corpse pose) and Vajrasana (diamond pose). These two asanas are very easy to achieve because there are not much flexing for beginners. In fact, the Shavasana is used to relax the individual if he or she initially feels tense at the start of the session. The Shavasana is a yoga asanas where the individual lies on his back with the legs slightly apart as well as the arms away from the body. This posture is intended to rejuvenate the body, the spirit and the mind. This pose is usually used for beginning and ending the session and not for long periods of time since it can cause one to be sleepy when meditating.

The Vajrasana pose is relatively easy for those who have no knee or leg problems. This yoga asanas is said to prevent wind accumulation and aid in the digestion. One needs to kneel and sit on your calves while keeping the knees and big toes together. The heels need to be apart and you sit on them also. The hands should be on the respective knees and your spine should be straight. Lean backwards, at the same time releasing your legs to the front, until you are lying on your back. You need to place your hands at your back and lie still for several seconds. Movements should be fluid not jerky when doing this yoga asanas.