These are special patterns of postures that stabilize the mind and the body through static stretchings. Their aims are to establish a proper rhythm in the neuromuscular tonic impulses and improve the general muscle tone.

The two basic principles governing the performance of Asanas are stability and comfort. This suggests that the nature of Asanas is psychophysical and not only physical. Although they are practiced by the body the effect on the mind is also felt.

Every Asana should be performed effortlessly and maintained for a comfortable time. There should be no jerks and the performances of Asanas should not lead to undue fatigue.

Asanas may be classified as

  1. Meditative Asanas
  2. Cultural Asanas
  3. Relaxative Asanas