2. Asana Physiology and it’s benefits
Asana Physiology and it’s benefits
Physiology of Sitting Asanas
• All sitting asanas bring elasticity to the hips, knees, ankles, and muscles of the
• These poses remove tension and hardness in the diaphragm and throat. Making
breathing smoother and easier.
• They keep the spine steady, pacifying the mind and stretching the muscles of the
heart. Blood circulation increases to all parts of the body.
Physiology of standing asanas
• Standing asanas strengthen the leg muscles and joints, and increase the
suppleness and strength of the spine.
3. Asana Physiology and it’s benefits
• The arteries of the legs are stretched, increasing the blood supply to the lower
limbs, and preventing thrombosis in the call muscles.
• These asanas also tone the cardio-vascular system.
• The lateral wall of the heart is fully stretched, increasing the supply of fresh blood
to the heart.
• In forward bends, the abdominal organs are compressed.
• This has a unique effect on the nervous system as these organs relax, the frontal
brain is cooled, and the flow of blood to the entire brain is regulated. Stress is
removed from the organs of perception and the senses relax.
• The adrenal glands are also soothed and function more efficiently.
4. Asana Physiology and it’s benefits
• Since the body is in a horizontal position in forward bends.
• The heart is relieved of the strain of pumping blood against gravity and blood
circulates through all parts of the body easily.
• Forward bends also strengthen the Para spinal muscles, inter-vertebral joints and
Physiology & benefits of Twisting Asanas
• These asanas teach us the importance of a healthy spine and inner body in twists,
the pelvic and abdominal organs are squeezed and flushed with blood.
• They improve the suppleness of the diaphragam, relieve spinal, hip and groin
• The spine also becomes more supple and this improves the flow of blood to the
5. Asana Physiology and it’s benefits
Physiology & benefits of backward bending Asanas
• All back bends stimulate the central nervous system and increase its ability to
• They help to relieve and prevent headaches, hypertension and nervous
• These asanas stimulate and energize the body and are invaluable to people
suffering from depression.
• In Urdhva Dhanurasana and Vipartia Dandasana the liver and spleen are fully
stretched and can therefore function more effectively.
• Yoga can help solve the problems of any receptive individual, whether these
problems be of a physical, mental or spiritual nature and thereby, eventually, also