ISBN 9788184951790,Myths Of The Asanas

Myths Of The Asanas



Jaico Publishing House

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788184951790

ISBN-10 8184951795


Number of Pages 184 Pages
Language (English)


Foreword by Shiva Rea • Afterword by Manorama Stories at the Heart of Yoga “Yogic myth has a genius to clothe the infinite in human form.” EKNATH EASWARAN, founder of Passage Meditation Practitioners around the world reap the physical benefits of yoga, assuming poses and frequently calling them by their Sanskrit names. While many know that hanumanasana is named after the deity Hanuman, few understand why this is the case. Behind each asana and its corresponding movements is an ancient story about a god, sage, or sacred animal, much like Aesop’s fables or European folktales. Myths of the Asanas is an unprecedented retelling of these ancient stories. The myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to help students of all levels realize their full potential. 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 our external appearance and our self-imposed limitations. Marveling at Hanuman’s devotion to Ram can serve as a source of spiritual strength and determination. With more than 60 beautiful illustrations to frame the stories, Myths of the Asanas will add a new dimension to your practice and study of yoga.