The word asana literally means a posture. Out of the innumerable asanas a body can assume, 84 have been identified as Yogasanas, through which one can transform the body and mind into a possibility for ultimate well-being. Yogasanas are not exercises, but rather very subtle processes to manipulate one’s energy in a particular direction. Hatha Yoga is offered as a set of 36 powerful postures, or yogasanas, to enable the system to sustain higher dimensions of energy.
In an untrained state, the human body is a constant manifestation of various levels of compulsiveness. By consciously forming the body into a certain posture, one creates a conducive passage for energy flow that can elevate one’s consciousness. Yogasanas are a way of aligning the inner system and adjusting it to the celestial geometry, thereby becoming in sync with the existence and naturally achieving a chemistry of healthfulness, joyfulness, blissfulness, and above all, balance.
I started doing Hatha Yoga at the age of 43 years. My body was rigid. A few years after doing Isha Hatha Yoga, I became flexible enough to run marathons with just a few days of practice. Body aches and tiredness are things of the past. Energy levels are at a high level throughout the day. The need for sleep has reduced from 8 to 9 hours a day to less than 7 hours. The body has not been a stumbling block for any activity, however strenuous. Body, mind, emotion and energy are in sync and there is complete balance and mental clarity with no stress!
The way they approach the asanas here is so precise. It is really like a science.