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Postures (Asana)

Asana: Physical Postures

The third limb of yoga is Asana (poses or postures). Asana practice can strengthen, stretch, and relax the body. While asana practice can be a form of physical exercise, what makes the postures yoga is the mindful way in which they are performed. The traditional purpose of asana is simply to prepare the body to be able to sit long hours in meditation comfortably.