Aasan

What Is Aasan?
If you think of people in seemingly impossible and weirdly twisted poses when you think of "Aasan", then you may have an inkling of what Aasan is, just an inkling that's it. Aasan is much more than those poses. Derived from the Sankrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate"; Aasan is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Aasan is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques, Aasan postures (asanas) and meditation.

The Art of Living Aasan
The Art of Living Aasan is a holistic way of life that integrates all elements of ancient knowledge of Aasan, to make a prayerful discipline uniting the body, mind and soul. Along with the series of simple, yet effective Aasan postures and breathing techniques, a greater emphasis is placed on the inner experience of meditation, for the well-being of mind and other hidden elements of human existence. We believe when one is in harmony within, the journey through life becomes calmer, happier and more fulfilled.

In The Art of Living Aasan programs, the wisdom and techniques of Aasan are taught in a pure, joyful and thorough manner. The programs restore balance by helping to strengthen our body, calm our mind, regain our focus and improve self- confidence. It is a complete package for beginners as well as regular practitioners and has something for everyone - of all age groups.

Regular practice of The Art of Living Aasan has brought remarkable lifestyle changes in the practitioners. They have experienced relief from chronic illnesses and have observed behavioural changes. Participants have reported a healthy, happier living with reduced anxiety, increased tolerance and mindfulness. The Art of Living Aasan is the secret to better health and greater sense of happiness.

Aasan for Everyone
Aasan has never been alien to us. It's a way of our life. We have been doing it since we were a baby! Whether it is the Cat Stretch that strengthens the spine or the Wind-Relieving pose that boosts digestion, you will always see kids do some form of Aasan throughout the day. Aasan works for everyone from people engaged in desk jobs to professional cyclists to runners to people looking for weight loss to housewives to students. This section mostly explains how Aasan can improve the quality of life for everyone who adopts this practice. This section lays an exclusive commentary by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the ancient scripture, Patanjali Aasan Sutras, which will enlighten you on the knowledge of Aasan, its origin and purpose. The goal of this rendition of the Aasan Sutras is to make the principles and practices of the Aasan Sutras more understandable and accessible. The descriptions of each sutra offered by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar attempts to focus on the practical suggestions of what can be done to experience the ultimate benefits of a yogic lifestyle.

Patanjali Aasan Sutras
This section lays an exclusive commentary by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the ancient scripture, Patanjali Aasan Sutras, which will enlighten you on the knowledge of Aasan, its origin and purpose. The goal of this rendition of the Aasan Sutras is to make the principles and practices of the Aasan Sutras more understandable and accessible. The descriptions of each sutra offered by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar attempts to focus on the practical suggestions of what can be done to experience the ultimate benefits of a yogic lifestyle.


Konasana (The Angle Pose)

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Katichakrasana (Standing Spinal Twist)

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)  

Parsarita Padotanasana (Standing Forward Bend With Feet Apart)

Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose)

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Ardha Chakrasana (Standing Backward Bend)

Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

Janu Shirasasana (One-Legged Forward Bend)

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Poorvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)

Badhakonasana (Butterfly Pose)

Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)

Shishuasana (Child Pose)

Chakki Chalanasana (Mill Churning Pose)

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Viparita Shalabhasana (Superman Pose)

Shalabasana (Locust Posture)

Naukasana (Boat Pose)

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose)

Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

Halasana (Plow Pose)

Natrajasana (Lying-down Body Twist)

Vishnuasana (Lying-down on Sides)

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)