Myths of the Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga

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Manorama Afterword. 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 for the deity Hanuman, few understand why this is the case. Myths of the Asanas is the first book to collect 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 our external appearance and our self imposed limitations. With more than sixty beautiful illustrations to frame the stories, Myths of the Asanas will add a new dimension to your practice and study of yoga. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.

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Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Myths of the Asanas , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 19, Lauren rated it it was amazing Shelves: india-indian-lit , yoga , mythology-folktales. Beautiful collection of mythic stories drawing from Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and the asana postures that are inspired by them.

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Kaivalya and van der Kooij compiled a lovely book that I will use over and over again for my own practice and sharing with students. Three-line review: The first of four books I have to read for my yoga teacher training class, this was an easy introduction into the physical poses combined with the myths associated with yoga. I've always enjoyed myths and fairy tales, and these easy-to-read stories were new to me — though no less fantastical than Greek, Roman or Norse mythology. The book did a great job of tying each pose to its respective myth and a larger theme or lesson, so there was something applicable to take away from the reading.

Jun 20, Amanda rated it liked it. This was a really interesting book and I enjoyed learning about how the various Indian myths correspond to the different asanas yoga postures. I will definitely be re-reading and taking some notes because the pantheon of Hindu gods and demigods is still somewhat confusing to me. I did notice and appreciate that savasana was at the end of the book which did give me a small sense of continuity. Nov 23, Jennifer Marlowe rated it really liked it. This book is another to assist in deepening the practice of yoga.

Defining the mythic meaning behind many asanas poses helps to bring further awareness and meaning to our daily physical practice. Highly recommend for all teachers and students of yoga. Jul 09, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: yoga. I wish there had been some worked cited or a bibliography in order to do some further research. Aug 20, Irene rated it it was amazing Shelves: yoga. Treat yourself and get this in the physical copy.

It has that amazing book smell and the pages are nice and thick.

Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition by Alanna Kaivalya

But enough about how it looks. This book was created for all that have ever wondered about the backstory to the asanas we practice. Myths of Asanas divides the poses into four sections, that of the yogi, gods, sages, and animals and earth, with an introduction for each s Treat yourself and get this in the physical copy. Myths of Asanas divides the poses into four sections, that of the yogi, gods, sages, and animals and earth, with an introduction for each section. There are 30 poses, give or take. Sometimes, 3 poses are grouped under the same header.

For example, in the gods section, Hanumansana, anjaneyasana and virasana are grouped as one section. I have counted it as one. It is an inspiring text that you will refer to again and again. I particularly loved the explanation of the chakras in wheel pose, of the crazy story behind Hanuman and warrior pose. Highly recommend adding this to your yoga bookshelf. The only thing is, I wish there were more asanas and myths. If there is a part 2 to this, I would be all over it.

I really loved how the connections between myths and asanas were explained, and how easy to read the language used for explaining the myths were. All in all, a very interesting read!

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Feb 17, Colleen rated it liked it. An enjoyable read which likely will add a dimension to my yoga practice; the book is attractively designed. Jan 16, Karen rated it really liked it. A nice little book for everyone who is interested in learning The stories behind The asanas. Jul 26, Cherie rated it it was ok Shelves: yoga , spirituality , non-fiction.

I wish they included more of the asanas I'd love to talk about and that I do more often, but this is a guide to the stories behind the asanas.