asa·​na | \ ˈä-sə-nə How to pronounce asana (audio) \

Definition of asana

: any of various yogic postures

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Recent Examples on the Web These unisex yoga socks have grippy silicone bottoms and can even be used on regular floors for impromptu asanas on the road. Popular Science, "Yoga accessories to help you practice smarter," 23 Apr. 2020 This virtual class combines Vinyasa flows with longer held asanas with the goal of building strength and flexibility. Robert Gant, Anchorage Daily News, "Stay healthy during quarantine with these virtual workout classes," 26 Mar. 2020 Ideally, Deshpande says, a teacher will link asana with the other limbs of yoga. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019 As mentioned, many yoga classes in America focus primarily on just the asana part of yoga. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019 Going remote and above the tree line for asanas in the Puerto Rican jungle? Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wellness Cruises Are Taking Over the Waters," 27 June 2019 The discipline of Yoga is based on breath control, meditation, and asanas, and its roots are traced to the Indus Valley civilisation. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "From local schools to foreign embassies, Indians are ready for International Yoga Day 2019," 20 June 2019 Work on your asanas at Mirepoix Wellness Studio (1414 N. Ashland Ave.) from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, and treat yourself afterward with some juice from Real Good Juice Co. $15, all proceeds go to the Chicago Period Project. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Thinx kicks off Fearless Bleeding Tour in Chicago," 31 Oct. 2017 Perhaps most damaging is how yoga asana—physical posturing in yoga—has been appropriated in its entirety by the fitness industry and mainstream media. Rina Deshpande, SELF, "Yoga in America Often Exploits My Culture—but You May Not Even Realize It," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of asana

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asana

Sanskrit āsana manner of sitting, from āste he sits; akin to Greek hēsthai to sit, Hittite es-

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“Asana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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