YogAsana – Throne not Posture
What if I told you that ‘Asana’ in YogAsana means ‘throne’ not ‘posture’. A throne created (using inner-work of mantra, nyasa, prana, etc) to establish awareness into the sacred infinite presence within. Asana, Mandala, Nyasa these are words from Tantric vocabulary and meaning is always in the context of inner-work. Even YogaSutra (2.46-48) points in the same direction: (2.46 sthira sukham asanam) asana should be steady, stable, and comfortable; (2.47 prayatna shaithilya ananta samapattibhyam) effort is to be focused on relaxing and dissolving into the ‘infinite-presence’; (2.48 tatah dvandva anabhighata) thereby, one becomes free of inner-conflict and polarities/paired-dualities.