Ashaya

Definition - What does Ashaya mean?

Ashaya is a Sanskrit word meaning “intention,” “abode of the heart” or “residence.” The word often is used to refer to the heart as a place of refuge for the emotions and deepest parts of the self. Within yoga philosophy, in the ashaya (or abode of the heart,) the emotions influenced by previous experiences and decisions in one’s life are stored for future recollection and decision making.

Yogapedia explains Ashaya

In order to increase the health and energy of the asaya, yogis can practice chest-opening asanas such as camel pose, bow pose or wheel pose.

In addition to the Sanskrit term, Ashaya yoga is a type of yoga that specifically focuses on virtues of the heart, therapeutic asana alignment and Tantra philosophy. Yoga teachers can be certified in this method of teaching, which encourages a high-integrity, loving practice centered on increasing self-awareness of all beings. The Ashaya yoga practice centers on the intention of awakening the heart, and incorporates many heart-centered asanas.

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