Yoga postures or asanas are one of the most important systems of physical culture ever invented. They reflect an amazing understanding of how the body works and, particularly, how to release tension at a deep level from the tissues, organs and joints.
Asana keep the body in the best possible health. They provide specific positions and movements designed to strengthen and stretch the musculature to effectively move the body away from small pains and illnesses back to perfect and normal balance. They keep the spinal column subtle in order to create the optimal flow of energy through the nerves that enervate the organ and glandular systems.
Asanas are a part of a sacred science that comprehends all aspects of consciousness. They are not only significant in them-selves, but are a preparation for pranayama and meditation. They reflect not only a profound knowledge of the body but also of prana, mind and spirit, of which the body is only an external image or manifestation.