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

Definition of asana

: any of various yogic postures

Examples of asana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Charlotte Yoga has two locations (one in Park Towne, one in South End) that both offer yoga classes that follow the Hatha yoga tradition, placing emphasis on the breath, as well as a strong asana practice. Alicia Thomas, charlotteobserver, "Get fit: Your guide to working out in the Queen City," 26 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'asana.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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-

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about asana

Statistics for asana

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for asana

The first known use of asana was in 1811

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on asana Encyclopedia article about asana

Comments on asana

What made you want to look up asana? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing courage and determination

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!