Angamardana, a fitness system rooted in yoga, offers everyone the opportunity to invigorate the body and reach peak physical and mental health. “Angamardana” means gaining complete mastery over the limbs, organs, and other parts of the body. True to its name, this practice revitalizes the body on all levels including the muscles, circulatory system, skeletal structure, nervous system, and the basic energy system.
With exercises carefully selected by Sadhguru to be of universal appeal and application, Angamardana needs no fitness equipment. It uses only the body and can be practiced anywhere, even during travel.
Angamardana works on the ligaments and sinews of the body more than the muscles. It is not like lifting weights. Weightlifting builds muscle. If you do Angamardana, the load will be on the ligaments and sinews. The “bands” that hold the skeletal system and muscles together are stretched the most. This is why Angamardana gives you a different kind of strength and resilience.
▵ Angamardana, a fitness system rooted in yoga, offers everyone the opportunity to invigorate the body and reach peak physical and mental health. “Angamardana” means gaining complete mastery over the limbs, organs, and other parts of the body. True to its name, this practice revitalizes the body on all levels including the muscles, circulatory system, skeletal structure, nervous system, and the basic energy system.
Regular practice of Angamardana revitalizes the body in many ways:
▵ Strengthens the spine, skeletal system, and muscular system
▵ Builds physical strength, fitness, and tenacity
▵ Takes years off the body, bringing a sense of lightness and freedom
▵ Prepares the body for Hatha Yoga
▵ Angamardana – Mastering Your Limbs
The word “Angamardana” means to have mastery over your limbs or body parts. Whatever action you want to perform in this world, how much mastery you have over your limbs determines how well you are going to do it. I am not talking about action in terms of joining up a sports team or something. I am making a distinction between action that you do for survival and action that you do for liberation. If you want to do something for your liberation and particularly for the liberation of everyone else around you, you should have some mastery over your limbs. Mastery over limbs need not necessarily mean you are going to be muscular or you can climb up the mountain. That may also happen but it is basically to strengthen the energy structure of the body.
To give an analogy, if a person walks by, you can clearly see whether his body is well-exercised or not simply by the way he walks. If you look at a person’s face, you can see whether his mind is well-exercised or not. Similarly, if you watch closely enough, whether someone’s energy is well-exercised or not is very distinctly there. What they can do and cannot do is determined by this. Having complete mastery means you can make your energies crackle. If you simply sit here, the body will do things; you don’t have to go and do things.
Excerpt – Angamardana – Mastering Your Limbs (Isha)
Agility Level: Advanced
For ages 8+
Open to everyone, no previous experience of yoga required
Due to the nature of this practice, there are some precautions. People who fall under any of the below categories are not eligible to participate at this time
▵ Women who are currently pregnant
▵ Anyone who has had a major open surgery in the last 6 months
▵ Anyone who has had laproscopic surgery within the last 6 weeks
Please be on empty stomach for the session, ensure you finish any heavy meal at least 4 hours before the class, snack 2.5 hours before, and beverage (except water) at least 1.5 hours before the session.
Children’s Empty Stomach Condition (Age 13 yrs and below): Finish a full meal 2.5 hours prior to the class, snack 1.5 hours prior and beverage 1 hour before the class.
As a general note, always consult and follow your doctor’s advice.