Asana is a steady and comfortable seated posture | Perfection is accomplished through relaxation and contemplation upon the infinite | Thereafter the yogi is undisturbed by duality.Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2.46 – 2.48
“They (the asanas) are as follows:
- Krauncha nisadana
When these postures can be held comfortably, they are called (Yogic) Asanas.Vyasa Yoga Bhashya 1.46
The origin of modern studio yoga’s 84 classic asanas is symbolic and mythological whereas they are said to have been revealed by Lord Shiva who upon observing that there are as many postures as there are beings, and asserting that there are 8,4000,000 species in all, Lord Shiva fashioned an asana for each 100,000.Goraksha Paddhati 1.8 – 1.9
Hatha Pradipika (Svatmarama 1450) lists for the first time 84 asana essential for Hatha Yoga.
…is a practicing Jnana Yogi in the Aghor-Nath lineage, direct disciple of Vinayagananda Babaji, and founder of UmaMaYA (Uma Maheshwara Yoga & Ayurveda), the legacy of Uma Maheshwar Ashram. David has an M.A. in Semiotics and Ph.D.(c) in Eastern Philosophy and works in learning and development as a coach and mentor. He lives in Japan with his family and devotes his time to exploration of the human condition, in order to develop science-based tools, programs and products that help humans reach their fullest potential by delivering optimal body/mind health, abundance and joy.