Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various bodily positions assumed in yogic excercise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name in the Philippine Islands of Plerocarpus Indicus and P. echinatus, valuable timber-trees, the wood of which is sometimes called Philippine mahogany.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Sanskrit āsanam, a sitting posture, from āste, he sits.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit आसन ("sitting down"), from आस ("to sit down"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And, I know yoga asana is the preparation for meditation, but this class has got me thinking a lot about the impact your true voice can make and the kind of yoga teacher I want to be.

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  • They're very different, in many ways, but what they share is: (1) the ability to give clear directions about which asana is next and to sequence asanas in ways that help open the body; (2) the ability to give verbal instructions "within" an asana, that is, to provide deeper instruction about alignment and positioning for a particular asana; (3) a sense of humor; and (4) a sense of self.

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  • What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of poses.

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  • I find that through practicing "asana" (Sanskrit word literally meaning "taking one's seat") one can open to "Adonai" (one of the many names of God, reflecting Awareness and Consciousness itself).

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  • Ashtanga's physical practice (again, the "asana" practice) is a vigorous one, one which attracts many runners, dancers and lawyers, as well as others who tend to enjoy a little masochism in the name of achievement.

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  • By virtue of its brisk flow from one pose ( "asana") to the next, the progressively difficult set sequence of asanas and the style in which Ashtanga is traditionally taught ( "Mysore style", which originated in Mysore, India, and in which the student is "given" the next asana in the sequence only when the teacher has determined that some level of proficiency has been attained in all of the poses already being practiced by the student), Ashtanga demands daily practice if a student wishes to progress within the system to more challenging asanas and, ideally, a quieter mind, which is what yoga is supposed to be about.

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  • "YOGA, BODY AND MIND," 45 minutes of asana work, with cooling, breathing exercises and meditation.

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  • Lotus yoga pants sell for $55 and are good for "precision asana alignments and of course, the post-workout latte."

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  • Bhakti yoga is one of the branches of Indian yoga; other branches include asana practice of yogic postures and breathing.

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  • If you are craving spirit and detailed asana instruction, check this woman's class out.

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