Yoga Mythology

(Please note that this page is currently under construction, but for right now all #mythmonday videos that have been released can be found here)

Videos produced by Jivamukti Yoga NYC

The yoga poses we come into during class have Sanskrit names that either refer to an anatomical alignment, or are based on a mythological story. Matsyāsana, Aṣṭāvakrāsana, Hanumanāsana, Viśvāmitrāsana – these are just 4 examples of the hundreds of stories in the yoga tradition.

The myths behind the āsanas are one of the most profound tools for giving you intention, energy, focus, insight, and an expansive view of your asana practice – stepping far outside the simple lines and shapes normally understood in these moments. Context from these stories gives so much more background and understanding in a conversation that is not just physical.

The characters that appear in these stories are often Gods and Goddesses with magical powers, but each and every one of the characters contain human emotion and actions that we can all relate to, or have experienced in our own lives. The āsanas contain so much more depth than just physical exercise. They are the embodiment of our lives that we are working through each and every day.

Working list of references used in the retelling of these stories (alphabetical by author). I will typically read at least 5 different versions of a story to recreate my own interpretation for the videos. In some cases stories are retold based on version I’ve heard my own teachers tell : Myths of the Asanas; Alanna Kaivalya, Bhagavata Purana; Ramesh Menon, The Ramayana; Ramesh Menon, Downward Dogs & Warriors; Zo Newall, The Little Book of Hindu Deities; Sanjay Patel, Ramayana: Divine Loophole; Sanjay Patel, Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata; Devdutt Pattanaik; Sita: A Retelling of the Ramayana; Devdutt Pattanaik, Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and Their Stories; Devdutt Pattanaik, Wikipedia, Hitopadesha,

Ganga (Viparita Karani) (Ep. 25 of 50)

Bhairava (Ep. 24 of 50)

Ram & Shiva’s Bow (Akarna Dhanurasana) (Ep. 23 of 50)

Balarama (Halāsana) (Ep. 22 of 50)

Nataraja (Ep. 21 of 50)

Ganesh & Chandra (Ardha Chandrasana) (Ep. 20 of 50)

Arjuna (Dhanurasana) (Ep.19 of 50)

Kurma (Ep. 18 of 50)

The Tittibha Birds and the Ocean (Titthibhasana) (Ep. 17 of 50)

Rama and the Boatman (Navasana) (Ep. 16 of 50)

Virabhadra (Ep. 15 of 50)

Kaundinya (Ep. 14 of 50)

Gopala (Balasana)(Ep. 13 of 50)

Garuda (Ep. 12 of 50)

Agni (Ep. 11 of 50)

Bharadvaja (Ep. 10 of 50)

Galava (Ep. 9 of 50)

Viśvāmitra (Ep. 8 of 50)

Patanjali (Anantasana)(Ep. 7 of 50)

Durga & Kali (Supta Baddhakonasana)(Ep. 6 of 50)

Hanuman (Ep. 5 of 50)

Parvati (Tadasana)(Ep. 4 of 50)

Ashtavakra (Ep. 3 of 50)

Matsyendra (Ep. 2 of 50)

Matsya (Ep. 1 of 50)