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Physiology of Yoga Poses Part I

The asanas affect:
• the body and mind complex,
• the different body systems,
• the deeper states of awareness
• awakenings of kundalini (Dormant creative energy)
• release of prana (vital energy)

Asana: To be steady and comfortable in whatever position you take
Two categories of Asanas:
Cultural Active: affecting all parts of the body, for better health
Meditative Inactive, relaxation, affects state of awareness (consciousness)
Asanas are also classified by:
Groups (i.e. twisting, forward bends, backward bends, sideways, inverted, balancing, stretching, relaxing, meditative) – Some are in combinations or,
Starting position (i.e. supine, prone, sitting, standing)

Digestive, Circulatory, Endocrine, Skeletal, Musculatory, Nervous, Reproductive, Excretory

How do the asanas affect the different systems and mind?
There are two ways to do asanas:
Postures as Exercise:
• Stimulation to Sympathetic Nervous system
• Blood Pressure increased
• Heart Rate increased
• Superficial Muscles contract
• Sweat
• Stress response

Postures as Yoga practice (Hold the position and progressively Relax)
• Stimulation to Parasympathetic Nervous system
• Effect is deeper
• Blood Pressure decrease
• Heart Rate decrease
• Superficial muscles relax. (Golgi tendon or clasp & knife reflex relaxes the muscles)
• Nervous system starts relaxing when you maintain the asana for at least 15-20 seconds
• Stress is passed onto the deeper muscles which support the organs
• Internal organs are stressed = metabolism increases, nervous impulses go up, blood, nutrient and nerve supply increase, glands are affected, and toxins are removed.
• You MUST relax in order to have this benefit!
• You are more flexible if you are relaxed

Asanas – Swami Kuvalayananda (Kaivalyadham, Lonavala, Mumbai)
Asanas – Rishi Dharmajyoti (Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik)
Physiology of Yogic practices – Dr.Makarand Gore (Kaivalyadham, Lonavala, Mumbai)

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