varied types of Yogasan's are enlisted according the different
parameters like their postures, methods, and objectives. Different
schools of Yog classified Yog Asan's in various ways.
method of classification of Yog Asan's is based on the starting
position of the Asan's. This is the major type of classification
of Yog Asan's or poses. The Asan's are classified into four types,
namely Standing, Sitting, Prone and Supine. Some schools of Yog
classified Yog Asan's on the basis of the movements of final pose
of the Asan's. Thus the Asan's are classified into two types,
namely Meditative Asan's and Cultural Asan's.
Yog Asan's are aimed to prepare the practitioner to sit for prolonged
periods of time without moving the body and without distress.
When the body is steady and still in the sitting position for
a long period, only then the meditation is truly experienced.
Deep meditation requires the spinal column to be straight and
very few Yog Asan's can suffice to this condition. In higher stages
of meditation, the practitioner loses control over the muscles
of the body. Initially, people find it difficult to sit in one
Yog Asan's for a long period. However, through the regular practice,
the legs and hips become flexible enough to comfortably maintain
a steady posture. Some of the meditation Asan's include Sukhasan,
Padmasan, Ardh Padmasan and Siddhasan.
the other hand Cultural Yog Asan's are meant for culturing the
body and mind. These postures are primarily aimed to physical
culture and thereby maintain the health of the body. Most of the
Yog Asan's come under the category of the cultural postures. The
organs of human body are made up of tissues and the health of
the body depends on the health of the tissues. Cultural Yogasan's
keep the circulatory system in efficient condition, which ensure
constant supply of proper nourishment and of the internal secretions
of the endocrine Glands, elements necessary for nourishment of
tissues. Thyroid, pituitary and the pineal glands are kept active
by Yogasan's like Sirshasan and Sarvanghasan. The smooth functioning
of the digestive system requires the gentle and automatic massage
of the digestive organs. Cultural Yog Asan's postures like Bhujangasan,
Salabhasan and Ardh Matsyendrasan are excellent in keeping the
abdominal organs in proper health and effective removal of waste
Yog Asan's like Sirshasan and Sarvanghasan send a richer blood
supply to the brain thus, ensuring its health and also the health
of the cranial nerves that serves the different organs of senses.
Yogasan postures are excellent spinal exercise. These postures
preserve the health of the nerves. On the basis of final position
and movements, Cultural Asan's can be further classified as Backward
bending Asan's, Forward bending Asan's, Spinal twisting Asan's,
Inverted Asan's and Balancing Asan's.
types of Yog Asan's include wide range of practices. These practices
provide the Yogi good health and vigour. Practicing various types
of Yog Asan's allows the sadhak cope with the modern social problems,
stress and tensions. For most of the people, the different types
of Yog Asan's are a means of maintaining health and well-being
in the increasing stressful society. If one practices all the
techniques mentioned above, he or she can achieve good health
and well being. Yog practices have succeeded as an alternative
form of therapy in curing diseases such as asthma, diabetes, blood
pressure, digestive disorders and other ailments of chronic nature.
Thus the practice of different types of Yog Asan's helps the individual
to lead a happy and healthy life.