sthira = steady stable
sukham = happiness
âsanam = posture
The posture (asana) for Yoga meditation should be steady, stable, and motionless, as well as comfortable, and this is the third of the eight rungs of Yoga
Ās = to sit and āsana can be understood in two ways: āsyate nenetyāsanam = by which one sits, meaning the body positioning and state of mind, or āste tra asmin vā etyāsanam = upon which one sits = Blanquette, deer skin, etc.
Āsanas are practiced to develop the ability to sit comfortably in one position for an extended period of time. Asana served as stable posture for prolonged meditation. More than just stretching, asana open the energy channels chakras and psychic centres of the body Asanas purify and strengthen the body and control and focus the mind. Asana is on of the eight limbs of classical yoga, which states that asana should be steady and comfortable, firm yet relaxed. When holding a yoga posture, make sure you can breath siowly and deeply, Go to your edge in the posture, holding where you feel a good stretch or your body working, but don’t feel pain, strain or fatigue.