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Eighty-Four Asanas in Yoga

A Survey of Traditions (with Illustrations) by: Gudrun Buhnemann

Physical postures (asanas) are the most important and often the only constituent of modern Yoga. Many practitioners believe that the postures derive from an ancient original set of eighty-four asanas. This book, for the first time, traces traditions of eighty-four postures by examining original materials, including drawings, descriptions in older Indic texts and modern publications which reflect contemporary traditions. It also takes up a number of broad issues related to the topic of Yoga postures so as to provide the reader with a larger context.

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Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 2nd
Pages : xii, 195
Bibliographic Details : 100 coloured photos; 104 b/w photos; several line- drawings
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25
Weight: 700

Overview

Physical postures (àsanas) are the most important and often the only constituent of modern Yoga. Many practitioners believe that the postures derive from an ancient original set of eighty-four àsanas. This book, for the first time, traces traditions of eighty-four postures by examining original materials, including drawings, descriptions in older Indic texts and modern publications which reflect contemporary traditions. It also takes up a number of broad issues related to the topic of Yoga postures so as to provide the reader with a larger context.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Guide to Transliteration and Pronunciation
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Frequently Used Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2.A Brief Survey of Relevant Texts
3.On the Terms hathayoga and rajayoga
4. The Place and Function of Asanas in Yoga Systems
4.1 TheTerm Asana
4.2 Asana as an Ancillary Part (anga) of Yoga Systems
4.3 The Function of Asanas inYoga Systems
5. Eighty-four Asanas in Yoga
5.1 The Number of Asanas in Yoga Systems
5.2 The Number Eighty-four
5.3 Eighty-four Asanas in Older Texts
5.3.1 Hatharatnavali
5.3.2 Jogapradipaka
5.4 Eighty-four Asanas in Contemporary Sources
5.4.1Hanuman Sharma
5.4.2 Gangadharan Nair
5.4.3 Svami Svayamananda
5.4.4 The Yoga Challenge System
6. Sets of Illustrations of Eighty-four Asanas
6.1 Preliminary Remarks
6.2 The Coloured Drawings of the Asanas according to the Jogapradipaka
6.2.1 A Description of the Drawings according to the Jogapradipaka
6.2.2 A Reproduction of the Drawings according to the Jogapradipaka<d1
6.3 The Line drawings from Nepal
6.3.1 A Description of the Line Drawings from Nepal
6.3.2 A Reproduction of the Line Drawings from Nepal
6.4 The Sources in the Jodhpur Tradition
6.4.1 A Description of the Line Drawings
6.4.2 A Reproduction of the Line Drawings
6.4.3 The Murals in Mahamandir
6.4.4 A Reproduction of Selected Murals
6.5 The Line Drawings in Svami Svayamananda1992
6.6 Photographs of theAsanas in the Yoga Challenge System
7.Concluding Remarks
8.Appendices:Lists of Names of Eighty-four Asanas
8.1Hatharatnavali 3.9-20
8.2 Jogapradipaka,section 3
8.3 Hanuman Sharma 1935
8.4 Gangadharan Nair 1962
8.5 Svami Svayamananda 1992
8.6 TheYoga Challenge System
Selected Bibliography and Abbreviations
Index of Names of Asanas Listed in the Appendices:
General Index

Meet the Author
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Gudrun Buhnemann is a Professor of Sanskrit and South Asian Religions in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Her recent publications include The Iconography of Hindu Tantric Deities (2 volumes, E. Forsten, 2000-2001) and Mandalas and Yantras in the Hindu Traditions (E.J. Brill, 2003; revised edition by D.K. Printworld, 2007).
Books of Gudrun Buhnemann