The definition of an asana is a steady and comfortable posture. The longer a posture is held in a steady and comfortable manner, the greater the benefits. Complicated or challenging postures do not necessarily bring more benefits, but rather breathing and relaxing into any posture for a greater amount of time will offer the greatest benefits. The poses are always practiced in a specific order, to ensure equal benefit to the entire body. They also stimulate the energy body in a specific way.
Each posture is practiced with a counter posture, so every muscle group can both contract and stretch, allowing them to relax. Physical tension is also held in the mind, and in this way, not only does the body learn to relax, but the mind as well.
Each class concludes with the final relaxation. This amplifies the benefits of the entire practice and allows the students to go beyond the body and mind. With practice, it is easier to go into the relaxation and experience the inner silence, inner peace.