"Tonnes of theory is better than Ounces of Practice."
Yoga is a practical philosophy. Yoga asanas are the best possible way to ensure overall physical and mental health and the possible prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. In time, performing the poses slowly and consciously, becomes a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
Having learnt the theory and practice of 12 basic asanas, one need to deepen the understanding of ones body consciousness at grosser(body) level to subtler level(mind). An Practice session is a traditional, meditative session that helps encourage proper breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind.
Practiced regularly, asanas can benefit every aspect of our lives from physical well-being to our mental well-being.A typical open level class includes pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups including Suryanamaskar.The asanas follow an exact order that allows for the systematic movement of every major part of the body in a balanced way that enhances prana or life force energy, keeping the mind quiet and without the need to think beyond each individual pose.Prior to everything, asana is spoken of as the first part of hatha yoga. Having done asana, one attains steadiness of body and mind, freedom from disease and lightness of the limbs.
"The Body invariably wears away like an unbaked earthern pot immersed in water. Therefore, the body should be conditioned by tempering it with the fire of yoga." ~GherandaSamhita
Three Months(Quarter) Contribution
He who untiringly practices Yoga in all its aspects attains success whether he is young, old, decrepit, diseased or weak.
–Hatha Yoga Pradipika