Agni Sara

Definition - What does Agni Sara mean?

Agni sara is a yoga technique that combines elements of both pranayama and asana practice. The term comes from the Sanskrit, agni, which means “fire,” and sara, which means “energy,” “essence” or “cascade.”

Agni sara is typically practiced while standing or in a comfortable seated pose. If standing, the upper body leans forward and the hands rest atop the knees. The abdominal muscles are pulled in and up on an exhalation, then allowed to relax and return to their normal position on an inhalation.

Yogapedia explains Agni Sara

Agni sara should be practiced with normal breathing patterns and using the lower abdominals, not the stomach muscles. It is best practiced when the stomach and bowels are empty, typically early in the morning.

The physical benefits of agni sara range from strengthening the core muscles to improving the digestive system, but it also has many emotional, spiritual and mental benefits, including:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Energizes the mind and spirit
  • Builds confidence
  • Promotes enthusiasm
  • Encourages steadiness and resolve
  • Activates prana energy and draws it upward
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