Duryodhanasana, Duryodhanāsana, Duryodhana-asana: 2 definitions


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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Roots of Yoga

Duryodhanāsana (दुर्योधनासन) refers to a position named after one of the protagonists of the Mahābhārata, according to Hemacandra in his auto-commentary on the 11th-century Yogaśāstra.—Hemacandra describes further āsanans, including non-seated postures such as duryodhanāsana (named after one of the protagonists of the Mahābhārata), a headstand position which is said also to be known as “the skull technique” (kapālīkaraṇa). This name for the headstand does not resurface until the eighteenth century, when it is found in a manuscript of the Siddhāntamuktāvalī (a long recension of the Haṭhapradīpikā), the Jogpradīpakā and the account of Puran Puri.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Duryodhanasana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Duryodhanāsana (दुर्योधनासन):—[=dur-yodhanāsana] [from dur-yodhana > dur] n. kind of posture (= vīrāsana, p. 1006).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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