Here are 24 additional asanas, shown in their final position. As these asanas are classical Iyengar poses, please refer to B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga, to learn how to proceed into the final position, and the correct breathing for each.
Standing poses teach proper alignment and develop awareness of how to feel comfortable in your body in daily life. Tension is removed and strength is gained throughout the body; shoulders, neck, knees, hips, and back. Standing poses improve circulation and stimulate digestion. They enhance stability of body and mind. Seated poses remove fatigue and rest the legs. They soothe the nerves, refresh the brain and have an overall calming effect. Twists are detoxifying and energizing. They massage the internal organs and aid in digestion. Twists bring flexibility to the spine and hips, helping to relieve backaches and headaches. Backbends develop flexibility in the spine, strengthen arms, shoulders and chest, and stretch the entire front of the body. Inversions improve circulation, tone the glandular system, and perk up sluggish internal organs. They increase mental clarity, help with insomnia, and develop a youthful quality.
Click an asana (posture) for a larger image and a description of its specific benefits. Look for new additional asanas in the near future.