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

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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 ...

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