Human Senses and Yoga

Can you say 21 human senses?


Ok, 21 human senses, now what?

No, the next sense is not a “sense of humor” – but good try!

Most of us learned that there are five senses to our body. However, there are at least 10 things that we can sense.

In order for us to have a sense, there needs to be a sensor. This sensor is dedicated to one specific sensation.

The five senses from Aristotle’s time:

Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Touch

More Senses:

Sight – can be divided into brightness, color, and depth

Equilibrioception – balance

Nociception – pain

Proprioception – kinesthetic (awareness of where your body parts are)

Thermoception – sense of heat and cold

Temporal perception – perception of time

Interoception – internal perception linked to sensory receptors found in internal organs.

Animal Superpowers or Animal Senses

Used to find food, a mate, survive and communicate. Information is processed by their nervous system, which tells their bodies how to respond to stimulation from their surroundings.

Acute Sense of Hearing – Tigers

Their acute sense of hearing is used to locate prey in dense undergrowth.

Binocular vision with two forward-facing eyes – Tigers

This gives the ability to judge distance accurately and see in the dark. Their whiskers act as touch sensors which aid in night time hunting.


They have whisker-like, fleshy barbels they use to feel in murky river water to find food.

VISION and position of the eyes

Being able to see all around is vital for animals which become prey.  Being able to judge distances is important for animals which are hunters.


Insects have large compound eyes made up of many lenses. Each lens sees an individual image. The brain uses this to create a complete mosaic image.

HEARING is the ability to detect sound waves.

Hearing is important for communication, finding a mate, and hunting for prey. Snakes are able to sense sound through their bellies.

GROUND VIBRATIONS – Snakes and many lizards

Have an eardrum just behind the eye that picks up sounds in the air. They also have a special bone in the jaw that picks up sound vibrations from the ground.


Smell and taste are the two chemical senses.  Humans have a relatively poor sense of smell, but it is a vital means of communication to many creatures. Scent is used to mark territory, attract a mate and to track and find food.

Fruit bats navigate by sight but locate ripening fruit, such as mangoes, by their scent.

Wolves can tell their prey’s sex, age, and state of health from its smell.


Some insects, including ants, beetles, and moths, smell using antennae. Females release chemicals called pheromones to attract a mate. Males can home in on the female from distances of 5 miles.

Please come practice with us and learn more.



“To learn our physical yoga poses we have to practice. And yes, to learn our spiritual yoga lessons we also have to practice.”  ken heptig

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Namaste     GoalYoga™

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