Why are the fundamental asanas "fundamental"?
In Pattabhi's Ashtanga yoga system of movement prescribed to western students there are six series of asanas. But no matter which series you are working in you must always begin the practice with sun salutations and the 6 fundamental asanas. Depending on how you group these asanas and count them you could also argue that there are only 5 or as many as 11 asanas. Have you ever wondered what makes the small handful of fundamental asanas so important? Why were these poses se