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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.

 

In Tantra Yoga, each posture has a physical aspect, which is how the body is positioned in space. But there should also be an awareness of the energetic flow that is going through the body in that asana, and which chakras it is activating. That is useful because Yoga can be used very practically to resolve the problems of the daily life, let's say we feel closed 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.

 

Other Yoga traditions value the physical aspects of Yoga the most, and apply all sorts of variations with rhythm, acrobatics, or restorative Yoga, which is more about relaxation. Others, such as karma Yoga are about service to humanity. Bhakti Yoga is about devotion, and dozens more will value different things. Even meditation can be considered Yoga, because it is a posture and aims to internalise the senses and get in contact with ourselves. Each tradition brings different aspects of Yoga that are valuable according to what each person is looking for. In the Light Programme we use Tantra Yoga, because of the depth that it reaches within us, to initiate an inner transformation at all levels of our being.