The Yoga practice works with the ‘subtle body’.

 

The asana practice (when well adapted to the practitioner and performed with awareness) removes the blockages in the bodily system and allows Prana (the life force) to flow in the muscles and the bones, but also in all organs. The nervous system is nourished, circulation and digestion improves, tensions and pains disappear.

Asanas release mental tensions by dealing with them on the physical level, acting stomatopsychically, through the body to the mind.

Regular and well adapted practice of asanas can maintain the physical body in an optimum condition, and will help to reduce stress.

 

Pranayama, the breathing techniques (Prana= life force Ayama= extension) are the tools promoting the expansion of the vital force.

Those techniques, practiced with awareness and through the guidance of an experienced teacher, send Prana to a deeper level.

Pranayama is more than just a way of getting plenty of oxygen into the body; it deals with vitality and clears the nadis (the nadis are often compared to the meridians in Chinese medicine).

Different pranayama practices aim to harmonize body mind and emotions.

Asana and pranayama, as they release tensions and the dormant energy, induce a state where the mind becomes calm, present and no longer identified with thought patterns. This is where ‘meditation states’ can be experienced.