In the ancient context of yoga, postures were practised in order to be able to keep the body in a seated position for a long time in meditation.
The postures are called asanas in sanskrit . These postures make the flow of life force (prana) circulate throughout the body, removing stiffness and blockages.
The practice of postures harmonizes the body and the mind and the connection between the two.
By practising the postures with awareness, concentration and relaxation, you get the most benefits out of your practice.
Prana meaning life force and Ayama meaning expansion, . it means expansion of the life force. It is not only about how to learn how to breath better and getting more oxygen into our body. It changes the flow of prana in the nadies (energy channels, a bit like the chinese meridiens).
When we are stressed, our breathing get shalower and erratic. By learning how to control the breath, you are more able to calm the mind. Learning to to be aware of the breath helps to relax and also bring more awareness while practising the postures.
“Yoga nidra is a simple guided relaxation and meditation technique experienced lying down, and is often the favourite practice of yoga students. Yoga nidra is unique to the Satyananda tradition, and is originally derived from an ancient tantric practice known as nyasa. It involves a systematic relaxation and purification at the physical, mental and emotional levels.
Yoga nidra can easily deepen into a blissful experience where the body sleeps but the awareness remains active as it descends through the layers of the mind. Yoga nidra has many associated health benefits and is used widely to relieve stress, tension, anxiety and insomnia.”
“In the Satyananda Yoga system, there are a variety of meditation techniques that will aid towards introverting the awareness and accessing deeper realms of the mind. According to the majority of yoga schools, one must master the preliminary stages of asana and pranayama before being ready to proceed with meditation. The pre-meditative group of asanas, widely taught in Satyananda Yoga classes, contains excellent practices to prepare the body for sitting comfortably in classical meditation postures. Meditation techniques are taught systematically, and over a course of sessions may cover body stillness, breath awareness, inner observation and mantra (sound vibration).
The regular practice of meditation will expand the awareness and bring the practitioner many benefits, including enhanced concentration, reduced stress and a sense of calm amidst the ups and downs of daily life.”