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Tag: yoga mythology

Trikanasana ~ Triangle Pose

A powerful demon named Mahishasura was wreaking havoc on the gods and goddesses and was threatening to overthrow them.  He was distracting them from their duties and causing them to turn their attention toward worldly pleasures. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, the sacred trinity in charge,  were…

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Visvamitra~The story behind this Sage

While touring his kingdom, King Visvamitra stopped by the hermitage of the sage Vasistha. Vasistha invited to king and his army to dine with him that evening. Visvamitra wasn’t expecting much of a meal and was surprised at the feast that was presented to…

The Warrior in You

Virabhadrasana (Warrior) I, II and III In Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij, the mythology behind the warrior poses I, II and III is described quite poetically. I’ll give you the abbreviated version. Sati was very much in…

Hamsasana ~ Swan Pose

The myth behind this pose sees the great Brahma sitting in meditation  for long periods of time until his mind became very clear. While this quality of lightness was filling his mind a girl was created and stood before him. She was incredibly beautiful….

Anjaneyasana ~ Low Lunge

There is a story behind the pose Anjaneyasana. It goes something like this: There was a woman named Anjana who wanted a child so much that she prayed everyday that the Lord would provide her with one. With hands stretched open toward the sky…

Chakrasana ~ Wheel Pose; and those poses that lead to it!

In the yoga tradition, the architect of the universe is Vishwakarman. He had a daughter named Sanjana who was very beautiful, who’s face was said to be as luminous as 10,000 moons. Sanjana fell in love with Surya, the sun god. Despite her own…

Simhasana~Lion's Pose

In ancient times there was a demonic ruler named Hiranyakashipu. He gained his power by standing on his toes for 100 years after which time Brahma had no choice but to grant him a wish. Hiranyakashipu wished for immortality, but because Brahma himself was…

The Myth Behind Dandasana~Staff Pose

The cow herders of Vrindavan were led by Krishna’s father, Nanda. Nanda decided one day to honour the ruler of the heavens, Indra, through a ritual. Indra sends the clouds, and without the clouds there would be no rain and thus no grain to…

Matsyendrasana ~ Lord of the Fishes

Shiva, the destroyer, came out of a ten thousand year meditation and decided to descend Mount Kailish to visit his beloved Parvati. Parvati had a way of knowing such things and knew that he would come on this day and put together a picnic…

Bhujangasana ~ Cobra Pose

A cobra is something to be feared by most people, but to many yogis it is a friend. Shiva is adorned with cobras around his neck, signifying his familiarity with the fear of death, abhinivesha. Shiva’s son, Ganesh, wears a cobra around his waist…