An often used term in Hatha Yoga practice, here a few delicious definitions that I attribute to Alignment.
Alignment of the Spine and Midline, the physical and energetic middle that is a central
(ha-ha :-D) philosophy of Hatha Yoga practice and all yogic meditations, breath practices, posture practice etc…
Alignment in Hatha Yoga Postures, the balance of left and right, front and back, up and down, the alignment of a joint over another, alignment of the hips over the feet, the shoulders over the hips, alignment of the spine over a leg, arm, head, foot etc…, alignment of bones in relation to the floor.
Alignment with our souls purpose in life
Alignment with the Divine, with God
Alignment of our thoughts, speech and actions
Alignment of the self to the Self, the personality to the Soul, the Lower Self to the Higher Self
Alignment of heaven and earth within us: the lower and upper worlds, the lower and upper torso, below and above the diaphragm
Alignment of As Above So Below
Alignment of lower chakras with upper chakras
Alignment of the Bandhas and other diaphragms of the body
Alignment of head and heart
Your Being Moved, we say in YogaMonks. This means putting yourself in the position that Asana can happen, as you cannot do Asana or Yoga, it does you. This too is Alignment in our definition. See also Asana, Hatha Yoga, YM Method.
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align·ment | ə-ˈlīn-mənt
variants: or less commonly alinement
Definition of alignment
1: the act of aligning or state of being aligned
especially : the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts (as of a mechanical or electronic device) in relation to each other
2a: a forming in line
b: the line thus formed
3: the ground plan (as of a railroad or highway) in distinction from the profile
4: an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another
new alignments within the political party
History and Etymology for align
French aligner, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + ligne line, from Latin linea