The physical forms of Yoga, known as asanas, are one of eight practices identified by Patanjali to study the nature of body & mind. Originally asanas were comfortable sitting poses for meditation. Modern Yoga uses asanas as exercise, a way to strengthen & balance the physical body to enable better meditative insight.
Pranayama is another practice of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path to enlightenment. It is the practice of controlling our breath, which is the main source of our Prana, or life-force.
The idea of Yoga is to create a unification of body, mind, and spirit.
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