My teacher, Mark Whitwell, held his hands in Prayer much differently than most American yogis. He and Srivatsa Ramaswami learned this from their teacher, Sri Krishnamacharya. Yoga is far greater than asana alone. In fact, Anjali Mudra was a point of study for them.
The Sanskrit word yoga is derived from the root yuj, “to unite.” If yoga means “union” then that means there must exist 2 poles and some movement toward one another. Yoga is the union of all opposites. Your participation in the opposites does more than you know.
There are many breathing techniques which serve different purposes. You can breathe at any age…but you may not always be able to do every pose (asana)! You can cheat the body but you cannot cheat the breath.
The popular 3 part breath was not originally pranayama but u...