Beginner Yoga Series | Episode 3
From Travis Kā’eo
An in-depth look into practice
In this class we will continue to investigate more yoga āsanas. What is agreed upon is that the Sanskrit word āsana means “to sit”. As we have learned throughout this series, the system of physical yoga was developed from wise sages who sat in meditation for hours on end. If this is the origin of yoga āsana, then the practice itself can be viewed as a way to sit in meditation.
Patanjali, the great sage who put the practice of Raja Yoga into 196 aphorisms, writes: sthira sukham āsanam (Yoga Sutra 2.46) – the āsana is both steady and comfortable. At the time Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras, this aphorism was more than likely describing a seat with your buttocks resting on the earth. Yet interestingly enough, this physical practices was coined yoga āsana – that word ‘āsana’ intentionally placed there. You can hear this word at the end of many posture names such as Tadāsana, Mountain Pose, or Uttanāsana, Forward Fold. This means that regardless of the shape you find your body in, it is an opportunity to meditate, to grow closer to self.
You see, the shape of the āsana was never as important as what you chose to do in that shape.
Choose to come closer to this moment, to the flow of energy that is here, to the self. As we have heard before, there are 8.4 million yoga postures, each one with infinite variations and each variation is constantly changing. If there is one constant in the universe it would be change. Let go of the need to control the posture as you understood it yesterday, a week ago or even a year ago.
Understand it now. Accept the invitation to get lost in meditation – and meditation, in a few words, is not erasing all thoughts from your mind. Meditation is centering your mind in the present moment and letting it expand.
This moment is infinite. Just like you.
As you expand into it, you become one with it. You return to the state you were always meant to reside in. That is the power of yoga āsana. So what are you waiting for? There is not a moment more to spend reading my words.
Go within yourself.
- Extended Child’s Pose (Utthita Balāsana)
- Cow/ Cat (Marjari-āsana)
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvanāsana)
- Ragdoll (Uttānāsana)
- Mountain Pose (Tādāsana)
- Crescent Moon (Aśta Chanrāsana)
- Low Cobra (Bhujañgāsana)
- Half Splits (Ardha Hanumānāsana)
- Chair Pose (Utkatāsana)
- Crescent Lunge (Anjañeyāsana)
- Warrior II (Vīrabhadrāsana B)
- Reverse Warrior (Pārśva Vīrabhadrāsana)
- Boat Pose (Nāvāsana)
- Easy Seated Pose (Sukhāsana)
- Warrior I (Vīrabhadrāsana A)
- Half Pigeon (Eka Pādā Rājakapotāsana)
- Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottānāsana)
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvāngāsana)