Asana Philosophy & Purpose – Definition & Purpose of Asana – Yoga Sutras

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we examine asana, the third of the eight limbs in The Yoga Sutras, and explore the purpose and benefits of asana.


Memorize and understand sutras 2.46 to 2.49 and become familiar with philosophical perspectives regarding the purpose and benefits of asana.


Recite and translate sutras 2.46 to 2.49 from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which define asana, explain what constitutes proper practice of asana, and describe the results of practice. Provide the ancient perspective on what defines health and fitness. Explore words of wisdom from teachers of various lineages regarding the purpose and benefits of asana.

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