Classical Hatha Yoga: 84 Classical Asanas and their variations

Classical Hatha Yoga: 84 Classical Asanas and their variations

by Jnandev Yogachariya Giri, Surender Kumar Saini

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Overview

Asana: The Third Limb of Asht (eight) anga (limbs) Yoga


Asana in modern yoga has become a synonym for Yoga. Most yoga followers are practising kriyas in the form of Suriya-namaskar or vinyasa and asana as a physical workout for many benefits like keeping fit, gaining flexibility, feeling good, being strong, looking attractive and enhancing vital energy. There is nothing wrong in that as we all need a healthy and strong body to begin. Swami Vivekananda states that, “all our immoral behaviour problems are rooted in weakness.” To be free or to walk on a path to freedom and joy, we need to be very strong and healthy.


In Shiva Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita and other scriptures there is mention of 8,400,000 Asanas, which means form of births or life, YONI. We all have to go through each and every

life form to learn and experience to grow. Out of those they say only 84 are important. Out of those 84 only 32 are most important and out of those, 4 sitting postures are essential ones. To be successful in pranayama and meditation one needs to master one of them. This book attempts to describe these 84 important postures as they were taught to me (Yogachariya Jnandev / Surender Saini).


According to Patanjali there are three steps to Asana. First is taking the position. The second is being aware to your position and the third is letting go of effort and relaxing to be comfortable. He describes Asana as ‘sthiram sukham asanam 2.46’ this means a ‘STEADY, COMFORTABLE BODY POSTURE’.


According to Patanjali and Hatha Yoga traditions practice of Asana and kriya should be slow, steady, and effortless with full awareness or attention. Our breath and mind should be merged with our practice. There should not be vigorous force, jerks and strains in your Hatha Yoga practice. This is the authentic was in which Yoga was taught and is still taught in older traditions.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992784157
Publisher: YOGA SATSANGA ASHRAM
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Yogachariya Jnandev Giri AKA Surender Saini is the founder of Yoga Satsanga Ashram UK, and a teacher trainer in Authentic Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga or Raja Yoga.
Jnandev has been learnt under several Yoga masters during his life and study of Yoga in India. Jnandev and his wife, Deepika together are devoted students of Swamiji Dr. Gitananda Giri, Amma Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani and Dr Ananda Balyogi Bhavanani and are part of this lineage of ancient yoga teachings.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
YOGA A PATH TO EVOLUTION AND LIBERATION .
HATHA YOGA LEADS TO RAJA YOGA
ASANA THE THIRD LIMB OF ASHTANGA YOGA
GENERAL BENEFITS OF HATHA YOGA OR ASANA PRACTICE
ASANA IN HATHA YOGA SCRIPTURES
DRISTI OR GAZING POINT IN ASANAS
HATHA YOGA: THE SADHANA OF KALI YUGA
A FEW WORDS OF ADVICE
CHAPTER 1
SURYANAMASKAR
1 SURYANAMASKAR CHAPTER 2
STANDING POSTURES
2 HASTAPADA ASANA
3.TADASANA
4.VRIKSHASANA
5.HANUMANASANA
6.GARUDASANA
7.VATAYANASANA
8 NATARAJASANA
9 MURGASANA
10 EKA PADA ASANA
11 UTTHIT VIPREETPASCHIMOTTANASANA
12 UTTHIT TRIVIKRAMASANA
13 HASTHA ASANA
14 RATHACHARIYA ASANA
15 PADOTTANASANA
16 UTHITA TRIKONASANA
CHAPTER 3 ASANA PRACTICES AND SEQUENCES FROM VAJRASANA
17 SUPTA VAJRASANA
18 LAGHU VAJRASANA
19 SHASHANKASANA
20 USTRASANA
21KUNDALINIASANA
22 MANDUKAASANAANDMUDRAS
23 VAJRAVEERAASANA
24 VAJRA VEERIYA ASANA
CHAPTER 4
ASANA PRACTICES AND SEQUENCES FROM UTTANASANA (LEGS OUTSTRETCHED)
25 JANUSIRASANA
26 PASCHIMOTTANASANA
27 KURMASANA
28 NIRALAMB PASCHIMOTTANASANA OR VAJROLIMUDRA
29 ARDHA-BADDH-PADAM-PASCHIMOTTANASANA
30 GOMUKHASANA
31 BHAIRAVASANA
32 DWIPADSHIRASANA
33 KALBHAIRAVASANA
34 BRAHMCHARYASANA
35 ASTAVAKRASANA
36 AAKARN DHANURASANA
37 GARBHASANA
38 STAMBHAM ASANA
39 BADDHA KONA ASANA
40 PRATIPAHALASANA
CHAPTER 5
ASANA PRACTICES AND SEQUENCES FROM CROSS LEGGED
41 YOGAMUDRASANA
42 PARVATASANA
43 RAJKAPOTASANA
44 GUPT PADMASANA
45 KUKUTTASANA
CHAPTER 6
SEATED TWISTS
46 ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA
47 MATSYENDRASANA
48 MARICHAYAASANA
CHAPTER 7
ASANA PRACTICES AND SEQUENCES FROM FOUR FOOTED
49 TITIBHASANA
CHAPTER 8
ASANA PRACTICES AND SEQUENCES FROM FACE PRONE
50 DHANURASANA
51 BHUJANGASANA.
52 SHALBHASANA.
53 VIPREETPASCHIMOTTASANA
CHAPTER 9
INVERTED POSTURES
54 SARVANGASANA
55 HALASANA
56 VIPAREETAKARNIMUDRA
57 KARANPEEDASANA.
58 SHIRSHASANA
59 KAPALASANA
60 NIRALAMBA SIRSHASANA
CHAPTER 10
HAND OR ARM BALANCING POSTURES
61 BAKASANA
62 BAKDHYANASANA
63 VRASHCHIKASANA
64 MAYURASANA
65 MAYURIASANA
CHAPTER 11
ASANA PRACTICES AND SEQUENCES FROM LYING ON SIDE
66 VASHISHTHA TAPASYA ASANA
CHAPTER 12
ASANA PRACTICES AND SEQUENCES FROM SHAVASANA (SUPINE)
67 CHAKRASANA
68 MATSAYASANA
69 YOGANIDRASANA
70 SUPTATRIKONASANA
71 SUPTA TRIVIKRAMASANA
72 NAVASANA
73 SARVAASANA
74 SETUBANDHASANA 75 PAVAN MUKTASANA
76 SHAVASANA
CHAPTER 13
CLASSICAL SEATED POSTURES FOR MEDITATION
77 PADMASANA
78 BADDHPADMASANA
79 VAJRASANA
80 GORAKSHASANA
81 KANDPEEDASANA
82 SUKHASANA
83 SWASTIKASANA
84 SIDDHASANA
GLOSSARY
LIST OF 84 ASANAS WITH LOOSE TRANSLATION

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