Asanas

“The third limb of yoga is asana or posture. Asana brings steadiness, health and lightness of limb. A steady and pleasent posture produces mental equilibrium and prevents fickleness of mind. Asanas are not merely gymnastic exercises; they are postures … By practicing them one develops agility, balance, endurance and great vitality.

Asanas have evolved over the centuries so as to exercise every muscle, nerve and gland in the body. They secure a fine physique, which is strong and elastic without being muscle bound and they keep the body free from disease. They reduce fatigue and soothe the nerves. But their real importance lies in the way they train and discipline the mind… The yogi frees himself from physical disabilities and mental distractions by practicing Asana…. The yogi conquers the body by the practice of asanas and makes it a fit vehicle for the spirit.”

(B.K.S Iyengar, Light On Yoga, 1965, pg 42)
 
On the following web pages are descriptions of the technique of practicing asana’s as taught at the Institute by Clé Souren. The descriptions are edited transcriptions of recordings made in the classes by Ed de la Rey.

Please note that all information displayed on this website is © Clé Souren and the Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam. The original recordings of these classes are held by the author of the transcriptions.

 

Disclaimer
The asana techinque descriptions have been put on the web primarily for use by the students of the institute. Yoga postures should be attempted with care and under the guidance of a competant teacher. If you are in doubt as to your ability to practice these postures please consult your yoga teacher and/or doctor. The Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam and its directors , teachers and associates will not accept resonsibility for injury resulting from following or using the said information in any way whatsoever.