Even though the body and breath are interrelated, we separate asana and pranayama.
This is because you cannot do everything together. In asanas, you meditate on the body, in pranayama you meditate on your breath. When you meditate, you meditate on the mind. For a comprehensive work, use only one tool at the time, then put it aside and take another. Yoga is something that has come from a lot of light: spiritual clarity, mind, consciousness and all the subtle forces in nature.
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Yoga master teacher Sharat Arora
Article derived from the Intensive Yoga Course at the
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre in Arambol, North Goa, 2000