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Any of various bodily positions assumed in yogic exercise.

[Sanskrit āsanam, a sitting posture, from āste, he sits.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) any of various postures in yoga. See also hatha yoga
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(ˈɑ sə nə)

any of the postures in a yoga exercise.
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Noun1.asana - (Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga)asana - (Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga)
posture, attitude, position - the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
matsyendra - (Hinduism) a religious posture
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
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4 Sthira sukham Finding a balance between steadiness/ asanam; Suatra stability/effort with ease/joy/ 2.46.
In the words of Patanjali Sutra 46: "Sthirasukhamasanam'' (II SE1/2tra 46): sthira = steady; sukham = comfortable; asanam = posture.
raktakaravirasamidho rakta gandhas ca candanat pratima | mantras cagnirmurdhety asanam gudasastikapmyam || 9 || tamrakanakapravalaurnikani deyani daksina casya | uddisya dhardtanayam chandogebhyo vratasthebhyah || 10 || BY 20 [18] || Regarding the son of the earth (Mars): kindling sticks of red karavira, red perfume, an image from sandalwood, the mantra agnir murdha, and sugared rice for food.