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



Other definitions:


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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alignment noun


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