Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, & nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+.
Paramahamsa Nithyananda, an Indian spiritual guru, told oneindia.in that yoga should be about intention, not a formal asana practice: “There is nothing to achieve by practicing Yoga. You will be shocked to hear this. Many people have told you that Yoga will cure you of asthma, it will cure you of chronic pain, it will cure you of high blood pressure and so on. Perhaps it does; but not because of what you practice, but because you believe. Just be sitting comfortably in any position with your spine erect to allow energy flow you can derive the result of any asana through intention and visualization. This is the truth. However, this is too simple for you to believe. You need something more tangible, more strenuous to prove to yourself that Yoga works. Then, practice Surya Namaskar, the most integrated of all Yogasana. Start with a clear intent, visualize all steps and then do the process. You need nothing more.” Do you agree with Paramahamsa Nithyananda? Do you think you can achieve optimal health without an asana practice?