Yoga Sutras – The Eight Limbs of Yoga (8 Limbs) – Asana Philosophy & Theory – Definition & Purpose of Asana

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we examine the third limb of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, asana (posture).


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 a traditional 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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