If the goal of yoga is “to connect with the true self” or “union with all”, then where does our modern asana practice fit into these definition. How can yoga asana help move us along the path towards self-connection or enlightenment?
So lets understand what is asana…..
The word asana comes from Sanskrit word “ASA” which means to take a seat, to establish, to be grounded, to be firm and to be comfortable.
Patanjali Yoga Sutra states, Asana is that which has two basic requirement: first is “sthira” means still or stable and second is “sukha” means effortless and comfortable. Once such a seat is established with absolute effortlessness awareness can shift from physical level(out) to internal levels(in). This helps transcend the dualities that are experienced.
But as what we have experienced in this modern scenario of asana practices people seems to be torturing the body or mainly focused on the physical postures and how to master them. If we see yoga’s past, this ancient technology was originally designed for—the integration of the mind, body, and soul with the Divine. So how it can be a way of self-connection or enlightenment?
So to understand the ultimate aim of Asana we need to understand what is yoga. So have a look the definition of yoga according to yoga sutra “yoga is the cessation of the fluctuation of consciousness” which allow “the self to identify its true nature”.
Now lets understand what is “yogasana”-
“Yoga” means that which helps us to still the mind “asana” means posture so “yoga-asana” means the posture of body which leads us towards stillness of the mind and allow to connect with true self.
This is quite simple to understand if this body geometrically comes in line with the cosmic geometry. You can connect with the whole cosmos and everything that’s worth knowing can be known from within.