The Mythology of Yoga Poses

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada and offers online classes in classical Hatha Yoga. As the founder of Body Mind Light and the creator of its Online Shop, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world. Read more...

18 Responses

  1. Jaron says:

    Wow I had no idea how much mythology and history was behind yoga. I knew it was old but this really changed my view. Thanks!

  2. James W D says:

    I studied a lot of Greek mythologies when I was younger but never got into these. However there always seemed to be a lot of similarities amongst them. I am just now looking into starting with Yoga and find it interesting how the poses relate back to the mythology of it all. In a weird way, I think this will help me get myself kick started into doing it.

  3. Kathy says:

    Very nice site. I love mythology and the Bhagavad Gita. Very nice to reread some of this type of history without having to dig out my world history texts!

  4. Jim says:

    I don’t know much about Indian mythology but I enjoyed your article. I think yoga is a great relaxer.

  5. Kari says:

    OMG this is incredible! I love mythology and yoga – who knew the two could go hand in hand?! I love the stories behind the poses, and your format is very easy to follow – great job!

  6. kathe says:

    Hi there! I never knew there was a mythological explanation behind those yoga poses. And reading your article gave me the passion of reading mythology stories once again. Anyways, I like to try yoga but I don’t think I can do those poses you mention. My body is quite stiff, is there any way to make it soft so bending wouldn’t be a problem?

  7. Ian says:

    Hi Andrea,
    I never knew that there was such a rich mythology behind the yoga asanas. I am a beginner in yoga and I will keep these stories in mind when I practice these poses in the future. I like the stories of the warrior poses the best.
    Thanks for sharing this and keep up the good work!

  8. Amber says:

    I really enjoyed the mythology information, It is an inspiration for me and my practice! This definitely makes you want to think about your poses more knowing there’s always a story behind it. Its been so fun and interesting learning all about yoga and everything behind it. Thanks for the great motivation!

  9. Melinda says:

    Wow! I didn’t know the background behind these poses. The mythology of yoga poses is much more fascinating than I ever imagined. Great post!

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