Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya
Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition
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. 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 the first book to collect and retell 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 sixty beautiful illustrations to frame the stories, Myths of the Asanas will add a new dimension to your practice and study of yoga.
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Mandala Publishing (May 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601090579
- ISBN-13: 978-1601090577
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
Alanna Kaivalya, PhD, is coauthor of Myths of the Asanas, founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method, and an internationally known teacher, author, and mythologist. In 2008 Yoga Journal recognized Alanna as one of the Top 21 Teachers Under 40. She travels the world teaching at conferences, workshops, and teacher trainings in The Kaivalya Yoga Method. She lives in New York City.