By Alanna Kaivalya

Practitioners worldwide attain the actual merits of yoga, assuming poses and regularly calling them through their Sanskrit names. whereas many comprehend that hanumanasana is called for the deity Hanuman, few comprehend why this is often the case. at the back of each one asana and its corresponding activities is an historic tale a few god, sage, or sacred animal, very like Aesop’s fables or eu folktales. Myths of the Asanas is the 1st ebook to gather and retell those historical tales. The myths in the back of yoga’s non secular culture have the ability to aid scholars of all degrees become aware of their complete strength. Meditating at the tolerance of bushes whereas status in tree pose will help one turn into extra tolerant. studying how the disfigured sage Astavakra got here to be the trainer of a king can unencumber us from anxieties approximately our exterior visual appeal and our self imposed boundaries. Marveling at Hanuman’s devotion to Ram can function a resource of religious energy and backbone. With greater than sixty appealing illustrations to border the tales, Myths of the Asanas will upload a brand new size on your perform and examine of yoga.

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It facilitates the highest type of connection a soul can have in relation to the Divine. This forgetfulness allows Krishna’s friends to play and joke with him in a way that would not be possible if they were aware of (and potentially intimidated by) his divinity. In a similar way, a president of a country also needs to forget his official function when he is playing horse with his grandson riding on his back. This is one of the paradoxes in yoga philosophy: First we need to remember our divine nature, and when we are established in it we need to forget it again in order to stay engaged in the world.

Asanas are often named after some ancient yogic sage, deity, or sacred animal. The myths behind the asanas are intended to serve as inspirational guides that can enhance our yoga practice, fueling it with a deeper, meditative quality. They provide us with a fresh perspective on ourselves, helping us connect our everyday lives with yoga through the postures. All of the stories in this book illustrate some mystical, hidden potential within us. This potential tends to lie dormant until we illuminate it with awareness.

Faith is what is required to be able to make great leaps (as we’ll see in the story of Hanuman on page 76) and receive great blessings, as Patanjali’s mother did. Namaste—Reverence to Thee While namaste and anjali are generally interchangeable names for a similar gesture, there is no myth associated with the namaste mudra. Namaste is a sort of variation on anjali that helps us in our efforts to find a balance. The word “namaste” is also an important and pervasive aspect of today’s yoga practice.

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