The science of yoga positions known as Asanas is based upon the health requirement not only to employ the full capacity of body movement but also to use static positions that will encourage circulation of blood and energy or prana to specific organs. The classical Asanas by tradition, number 84 and of these, there are approximately 21 of most direct general health benefit.
Select 21 of the most appropriate asanas for you to incorporate in your regular daily practice.
Bow – spine, abdominal organs, womb
Camel – Uterus, thighs
Cobra – nerves insomnia, kidneys, uterine organs, thyroid
Cow-Head – circulation to head and brain, breasts, lymphatics
Dead Man – relaxation – nerves H.B.P. etc
Eagle – ovaries and gonads
Fish heart, lungs adrenals
Hare – head, brain, circulation to facial tissue
Head-Knee – glands – rejuvenation
Hero – assimilation – digestion, release nervous tension
Knee Chest – bowels spine
Lion – tonsils, throat, thyroid, brain
Locust – kidneys, back
Plough – spinal traction – longevity
Quadruped – strengthening entire body musculature
Shoulder stand – rejuvenation, thyroid
Side Bend flexures of bowels
Spinal Balance – spinal problems, headaches
Spinal Twist – digestion, spine, gall, liver
Spine Posture – strength in abdomen and spine
Swan – bowels
Thigh – strength
Tortoise – nervous system, lymphatics to arms and legs
Tree – legs, balance
Triangle – spine, legs, hamstrings
Yoga Mudra -basic pressures and release of tension – vitality
Once an Asana is mastered and the position able to be assumed with relative comfort, then it is important to add breath control or Pranayama practices before health benefits can be anticipated.
At this stage, students require direct instruction from a qualified teacher who will guide as to the interval of time these selected Asanas should be held.