Ásanas (Yoga Postures)
“Ásana” means “a position in which one feels comfortable” – “Sthirasukhamásanam.” Ásanas are a kind of exercise by regular practice of which the body stays healthy and hardy and many diseases are cured. (Ananda Marga Caryacarya Part 3 by Rev. Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti Ji)
Ásanas are psycho-physical yoga postures that make the body flexible and prepare the mind for meditation. Rev. Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti Ji has explained in His writings how the ásanas can help bring hormonal balance of endocrine glands and sub-glands of the body and thereby establishing mental and emotional harmony. In our yoga classes, we teach those selected ásanas that have maximum glandular benefits and that are especially conducive to individual’s mental health.
The classes often consist of various warm-ups, ásanas, self-massage and deep relaxation techniques. We emphasize going step by step and not to attempt to do difficult postures and take the risk of injury. Most of the classes are therefore suitable to all, kids, teenagers as well as adults. Those who choose to learn meditation to begin with may also learn from their teacher individual yoga postures, relevant to their psycho-physical health and harmony.
Rev. Shrii P. R. Sarkar invented the kaosiiki dance on 6 September 1978 and thereafter explained the twenty-two benefits for women and eighteen for men. Kaosiiki dance is an important daily exercise for Margiis and ácáryas.
Around 7,000 years ago, Shiva invented the tán’d’ava dance and his wife Párvatii invented the lalita mármika dance. Shiva is depicted in many sculptures as Natarája, the ‘King of Dancers’, dancing the tán’d’ava dance. Both of these dances form compulsory parts of daily spiritual practices in Ánanda Márga.
The tán’d’ava dance is only for male and represents the fight for existence. This dance requires much physical stamina and it enhances the male hormones and immune system while it also activates the brain and entire nervous system.