The Stories Behind the Poses

The Indian mythology that inspired 50 yoga postures

Raj Balkaran
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A beautifully written introduction to Indian mythology, join storyteller, scholar and teacher, Dr Raj Balkaran, and explore the unforgettable tales behind 50 key yoga poses.

Discover the traditional stories and wisdom behind your favourite yoga poses in this stunningly illustrated book of Indian mythology for yogis of all levels. A beautifully written introduction to Indian mythology, join storyteller, scholar and teacher, Dr Raj Balkaran, and explore the unforgettable tales behind 50 key yoga poses, such as:

- Vrabhadrsana II, the original warrior pose
- Tsana, mountain pose
- Bhujagsana, cobra pose
- Garusana, eagle pose
- Padmsana, lotus pose
- Vrsana, hero pose
- avsana, corpse pose

Meet iconic Gods and Goddesses, from Gaea, the elephant-headed god of wisdom, to iva, Lord of Yogis, and Kali, goddess of mind, body, soul and death. Explore the rivalry between the sages Vasiha and Vivmitra, and their cosmic feud over a wish-fulfilling cow. Plunge into the depths of one of the richest myths in Hinduism: the battle between the demons and the gods who churn the cosmic oceans in search for the elixir of immortality. And learn how iva got his blue throat! Learn, through the mythology of the poses, more about the roots of this ancient practice and how you can use their teachings to better appreciate and respect yoga's true origins.

Enhance your practice by reading one story before or at the end of class, and incorporating the poses and their teaching into your life, as well as your yoga practice, and transform the way you view and practice this timeless art.

Author bio:

Dr Raj Balkaran is a renowned scholar of Hindu mythology and author of The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth (2018) and The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth (2020). He holds advanced degrees in Hinduism from the University of Toronto and University of Calgary. A seasoned online educator with a global cohort of students, Dr Balkaran also teaches online courses privately and at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. He apprenticed with an Indian master for twelve years as part of a living oral tradition dedicated to the preservation and application of Hindu mythology and philosophy. He therefore brings hundreds of hours of traditional transmissions of yoga philosophy tothe table, which he dovetails with academic rigor and captivating storytelling.

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9780711271883
Publisher: Quarto UK
Imprint: Ivy Press
Pub Date: June 2022
Page Extent: 224
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Hinduism