The asana practice is one of the most popular facets of Yoga, and consists of doing a number of postures. Which postures are chosen, how they are performed, if they have rhythm or not, the purpose that is trying to be achieved and a lot of other factors depend on the type of Yoga that is being practised.

 Yoga asana

In Yoga, each posture has a physical aspect, which is how the body is positioned in space. Many schools focus only on this aspect, but Yoga goes much deeper than that. In each posture there is an energetic flow that is activated in the body, which in turn activates and balances specific chakras. This balances the emotions and mental states that those chakras affect. This is useful because, knowing this, we can practice Yoga to resolve the problems we are experiencing in daily life. Let's say we feel closed off at the heart level, unable to give or receive love. By doing postures for Anahata chakra, our energetic flow will feed into that chakra and energise it, so the quality of love will be enhanced within us. So each asana also has an emotional side to it, and also a mental one. All of these things should be experienced while doing that particular asana, with great awareness and presence in the moment. So Yoga is not about how far we can bend or touch our toes, we can do Yoga in the simplest asana with the most amazing perfection, and that's what really matters. Because when we are fully in the present, most of our problems automatically vanish, because typically they exist either in the past or the future. So the present moment is key to our spiritual evolution because it is the only one in which we can change our lives.