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Myths of the Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga

by Alanna Kaivalya

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Millions of students reap the physical benefits of yoga, assuming the different poses and frequently calling them by their sanskrit names. While many probably know that Hanumanasa is named for the Hindu deity Hanuman, fewer know why this is the case. Behind each asana and its corresponding movements is an ancient story about a god, a sage, or sacred animal, much like Aesop's fables or European folktales. "Myths of the Asanas" is the first book to compile and retell these ancient stories. Meditating on the tolerance of trees while standing in tree pose can help one become more tolerant. Learning how the disfigured sage Astavakra came to be the teacher of a king can liberate us from anxieties about external appearance and self-imposed limitations. Marveling at the devotion of Hanuman to his lord Rama can serve as a source of spiritual strength and determination. Through discovering mythic tales such as these, readers will add a new dimension to their practice and study of yoga.
  saraswati_library_mm | Mar 15, 2010 |
Millions of students reap the physical benefits of yoga, assuming the different poses and frequently calling them by their sanskrit names. While many probably know that Hanumanasa is named for the Hindu deity Hanuman, fewer know why this is the case. Behind each asana and its corresponding movements is an ancient story about a god, a sage, or sacred animal, much like Aesop's fables or European folktales. "Myths of the Asanas" is the first book to compile and retell these ancient stories. Meditating on the tolerance of trees while standing in tree pose can help one become more tolerant. Learning how the disfigured sage Astavakra came to be the teacher of a king can liberate us from anxieties about external appearance and self-imposed limitations. Marveling at the devotion of Hanuman to his lord Rama can serve as a source of spiritual strength and determination. Through discovering mythic tales such as these, readers will add a new dimension to their practice and study of yoga.
  Saraswati_Library | Feb 14, 2010 |
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