Asana is yoga pose or posture or position of the body. Patanjali in ashtanga yoga defines asanas as Steady and
How are Yogasanas classified?Asanas can be classified or catagorized in various ways, depending on the application of the asanas, usefulness to various physical conditions, level of practice.
What is a Meditative Asana?Meditative asanas - Some asanas are specially for practice of meditation, they provide a firm support to the posture and help maintain the body posture for longer time. These yoga poses regulate the blood flow to the legs and make available more blood in the pelvic region and lower abdominal region. These positions allow the mind to be peaceful and focused.
Yogasana like Padmasana (Lotus pose), Siddhasana (Perfect pose), Swastikasana( Auspicious pose) Vajrasan (thunderbolt pose), Samasana (balance pose) etc are called as meditative asanas. The purpose of this asana is to stabilize the body for advanced practices of Pranayama and Meditation.
What are the Asanas for Improving health?Asanas for Improving health - Asanas have a good effect on various systems in the human body, such as Matsyendrasana (spinal twist pose) has a good effect on the digestive system and a good effect on the pancreas for improving the insulin production, Sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose) has good effects on the hormones affecting various endocrine glands particularly the thyroid glands. So the asanas which have a complementary effect on various organs can be classified in this category.
What are Relaxing Asanas?Relaxing asanas - Shavasana (corpse pose) and Makarasana (crocodile pose) are relaxing asanas, which give complete rest to the body and mind.
Another way to classify the asanas is considering the position of the body in a Yoga pose.