Myths of the Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga [NOOK Book]

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Millions of yoga students around the world attend class regularly to 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 ...
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Myths of the Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga

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Overview


Millions of yoga students around the world attend class regularly to 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 re-tell these ancient stories.

The myths of yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to bring about a change of heart, helping readers and students 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 our anxieties about external appearance and our 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 in Myths of the Asanas, readers will add a new dimension to their practice and study of yoga. As Eknath Easwaran, the founder of passage meditation, put it, “yogic myth has a genius to clothe the infinite in human form.”
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“Alanna and Arjuna moved down an amazing road of story and myth that truly enhances our yogic lessons. Some of the nuances of ethics,posture, breath, and meditation can only be touched through metaphor and mythology and we thank them for taking us on this journey.“

—Rodney Yee, instructor & co-director of Piedmont Yoga Studio

“What I love most about this treasure of a book is that it faithfully reminds me of the roots behind our modern day approach to yoga. I am truly grateful to Alanna and Arjuna for providing us with such a delightfully accessible handbook on the vibrant history of our practice.”

—Rusty Wells, instructor & founder of the Urban Flow Yoga Studio

“Myths of the Asanas has a lyrical essence that comes forth in its story telling.”

—Ana Forrest, founder of Forrest Yoga

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601090638
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 5/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 164,232
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Alanna Kaivalya, also known as "The JivaDiva," produces the JivaDiva Yoga Jam podcast, which has been heard by over a million people worldwide. In March 2008, Yoga Journal named Alanna one of the top twenty teachers under forty. She is a contributing writer to Yoga Journal, she regularly teaches at Yoga Journal conferences. She lives in New York City.

Arjuna van der Kooij holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. Son of a pastor and student of the late B.P. Puri, he is a practioner of bhakti yoga. He divides his time between India and Amsterdam.
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    The Myths of the Asanas!

    Excellent! Well Done! Great for students and teachers of Yoga!

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