Postures which are Steady and Pleasant
Asana brings steadiness, health and lightness in the body.
These steady, pleasant postures bring mental equilibrium and stability.
The asanas exercise every muscle, nerve and gland in the body while at the same time reducing fatigue and tiredness, soothing the nerves and producing a great physique.
Asanas help to train and discipline the mind. The physical benefits are more side-effects than the actual purpose of asanas. The true purpose is to provide a strong, steady and healthy receptacle for the Spirit - the body as a temple...that temple prepared for occupation by the Absolute. The yogi knows that heaven lies within and to touch the Inner Self, one must prepare the body by means of ASANA.
Asana is the first step is to promote the natural health, by means of Hatha Yoga. This requires earnestness, courage and discipline.
In regular Yoga practice we must be careful that our exercises and positions are pleasant and calm. For Meditation we must be seated comfortably ensuring that the spine is straight yet relaxed. Asana performance requires a clean, airy space, and a determination to focus on the here and now.
The proper posture is the posture of being. Yogasta Kuru Karmani.
Enable action from the Self, reach and be in the Supreme Self - this is the essence of the Kriya or Karma Yoga. No feeling is more pleasant, relaxed and powerful than the sensation conferred on a yogi by Samadhi. No experience is more free, steady, blessed, and positive than Self in action; Dharma