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What Is Prasara Yoga

Updated on March 12, 2014
Credit given to photographer Jean Wichinoski for this awesome yoga pose pic.
Credit given to photographer Jean Wichinoski for this awesome yoga pose pic.

Introduction To Prasara Yoga

As we know, yoga has become a popular activity for athletes, men, women and children of all types. Some of us use it as a source to clear our minds and help us to calm down mentality and spiritually. This practice has been passed down throughout the ages and began in the eastern world. Many people have introduced a variety of forms and each form has specific health and living benefits to you. What I would like to talk about today is a new form that is starting to circulate amongst the many practitioners and that being the form of Prasara Yoga.

This form of yoga is specifically designed to help you incorporate not only structure, breathing and movement in order to find your body flow. You see most systems and programs today teach you to focus on the structure of the poses, the breathing styles which you must use, and also the body movement from one pose to another. However the difference in Prasara Yoga is that it is designed specifically for your body's "flow" which is an integral element of your body's movement from poses and the breathing styles.

Thanks to Dave Rose for this fantastic photo.
Thanks to Dave Rose for this fantastic photo.

Where Did Prasara Come From

Prasara is kind of like the third evolution of yoga that has been practised here in the United States for the past 100 years. First there was Hatha yoga which is just one of "eight limbs" that has been defined by Patanjali in the Sadhana Pada of Yoga Sutras. Then towards the mid to late 1970s there had been an introduction of a "new" idea to go along with the Hatha practise. This "new" form was dubbed Vinyasa. This form had combined the postures which were in use and the transitional movements related to moving from one posture to another. The cool thing about this though was that it focused also on the breathing techniques which were required to get from one posture to another.

Recently there is a new phase which is starting to become more and more popular. This new form of yoga could possibly adhere more closely follow the original teachings of of the Yoga Sutras. This "new" method had been dubbed Prasara. It is unique amongst its fellow counterparts in that it may well be the only true form which teaches Samadhi, which is also known as the eight limb.

This eighth limb is often referred to as Flow. This flow can be looked at as the way that your body makes the transitions of one posture to another. This movement should be fluent and effortless. Unlike what most believe, that being that this state of body just happens, Prasara teaches you how to develop the skills needed to get your body to move freely and effortlessly through the moves.

"Look Mom, It's Yoga Time"

Who Is Able To Do Prasara Yoga?

This may sound a little bit cliché but the reality is that men, women and children are all able to practice this form. Whether you are just starting out or have been practicing another form of yoga, Prasara would be good to include in your daily lifestyle.

If you are an athlete, you too may want to check out into this. You see by incorporating this style of yoga into your daily lifestyle, you will be more agile and you will also better understand your body movements in regards to sudden changes. By practicing Prasara, you are giving your body the tools and developing the necessary skills to combat against future wear and tear on your body. The transitioning from "flow" to "flow" will give you an overall protection from injury.

14 Poses Which You May Know But Will Develop Better

1. Twisting Dragonfly Flow
2. Scorpion Flow
3. Dragonfly Transitions
4. Tumbleweed Flow
5. Flock of Pigeons Flow
6. Diving Dolphin Flow
7. Pigeon To Pigeon Transitions
8. Plow Transitions
9. Practising the Crow Perch Flow
10. The Rocking Eagle Flow
11. Half Crow Progression
12. Scorpion Transition
13. Crow Evolutions Flow
14. Rising Sun Flow

Below this list is a series of videos that will demonstrate some of the movements which have been listed above. These videos have been done by "Sinor" and are from YouTube. Check out his channel and subscribe, the videos he does are simply amazing.

Diving Dolphin Flow

Tumbleweed Flow

The Rocking Eagle Flow


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