In several classic texts on yoga, it has been mentioned that the Hindu deity Lord Shiva taught 8,400,000 asanas, out of which 84 are preeminent, and 32 are useful in the world of mortals.
Hatha ratnavali, a 17th-century text that states Hatha yoga consists of ten mudras, eight cleansing methods, nine kumbhakas and 84 asanas. The text is also notable for dropping the nadanusandhana (inner sound) technique.
In general, you need to hold each yoga pose for around 10-12 breaths. With practice, you can work your way up to 30 breaths. This will help you hold the yoga pose for around 3 minutes. It's reccomended to count the time in breaths instead of minutes, for example, one breath is one deep inhalation followed by complete exhalation.
These five guidelines should be applied to all yoga practices.
You can benefit from as little as 15 minutes of yoga practice which is around 5 poses per day. For those who are already quite active, doing yoga at least once or twice per week is recommended. For experienced practitioners, doing yoga every day is not uncommon.
Here's the 10 most popular yoga poses:
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