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n. A body position, typically associated with the practice of yoga.


n. (Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of Yoga)


In yoga, asana refers both to the place in which a practitioner ( yogi if male, yogini if female) sits and the posture in which he or she sits. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali defines "asana" as "to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed". Patanjali mentions the ability to sit for extended periods as one of the eight limbs of his system, known as ashtanga yoga.

Asanas are also performed as physical exercise where they are sometimes referred to as "yoga postures" or "yoga positions". Some asanas are arguably performed by many practitioners just for health purposes. Asanas do promote good health, although in different ways compared to physical exercises, "placing the physical body in positions that cultivate also awareness, relaxation and concentration".

Asana (disambiguation)

Asana is a body position, typically associated with the practice of yoga.

Asana may also refer to:

  • Asana (software), a "collaborative information manager"
  • Asana-Math, a free software typeface (font) for mathematical notation
  • Ya-Asana, a Fijian Island
  • Esfenvalerate, a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide
  • Body position in general, other than use in yoga
Asana (software)

Asana is a web and mobile application designed to help teams track their work. It was founded in 2008 by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein, who both worked on improving the productivity of employees at Facebook.

Usage examples of "asana".

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As Alex came out of the Eight-Pointed Repose, he noticed that Doc was performing the asanas along with them.

Physico-vital processes depending on Pranayama and Asanas taken from Hatha Yoga.

Twenty minutes later, after I'd managed only two yoga asanas and a quick shower, I dug into Tom's warm, light Dutch pancake.

I once would have inquir'd coolly, what an Automaton might know of Life, but now I only sat silent, unconsciously having assum'd what I later learn'd was that Hindoo asana, or Posture, known as "the Lotus.

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