Asana is a Sanskrit word that means “pose” and refers to the physical practice of yoga. The original names of yoga poses are in Sanskrit and all end in “asana,” for example, Savasana (Corpse Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), etc. We string a series of these poses together to create a well-rounded practice that strengthens, stretches, tones, lengthens, and relaxes our muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue.
People say they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible. That’s like saying, they can’t cook dinner because they’re not a chef at a 5-star restaurant. The more you practice yoga, the more flexible (and strong and mindful and transformed) you’ll become.