With Step 8, we bring attention to the physical body. It is a common misconception that meditation is a way to escape or “check out” from physical reality. We would say that the contrary is true – that meditation is the full immersion into the now, and that includes the body, the mind, and the spirit. As we more effectively include our body in meditation sittings, our meditations will immediately improve.
Asana is a sanskrit word that refers to one’s sitting position. We would extend that to include one’s posture in life. Our physical body is a resource, and when it is aligned and attuned to our subtle bodies, it will provide us with much information on our state of being.