Garudasana, aka: Garuḍāsana, Garuda-asana; 4 Definition(s)

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Garuḍāsana (गरुडासन, “Garuḍa posture”) is a Sanskrit word referring to a type of posture (āsana) used in Yoga. It is composed of the words Garuḍa (bird, mount of Viṣṇu) and āsana (posture).

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Garuḍāsana (गरुडासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 39 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Place the ankle of the other foot at the base of the thigh and the same knee on the heel. Bring the hands together. This is garuḍāsana, the eagle”.

The 19th-century Śrītattvanidhi is a sanskrit treatise describing 80 primary āsanas, or ‘posture’ (eg., garuḍa-āsana) and several additional ones.

This name and a comparable form is found in Iyengar and in First Steps to Higher Yoga. The name is found in the Mallapurāṇa list. Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā II.37 uses this name but has an entirely different āsana shown.

Source: archive.org: Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace

Garuḍāsana (गरुडासन) is one of the thirty-two āsanas (postures) taught in the second chapter of the Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā: “Firmly fixing the legs and the thighs on the ground, keeping the body steady with the (help of the) two knees, place hands on the knees. This is called Garuḍāsana”.

Garuḍāsana is one of the selected 32 postures amongs 8,400,000 total mentioned by Śiva, according to Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā 2.1-2, “In all, there are as many Āsanas as species of animals. Eighty-four lacs of them are mentioned by Śiva. Out of them, 84 are regarded as important and among these 84, again 32 are good (enough) in this world of mortal beings”.

The 17th-century Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā (mentioning garuḍa-āsana) is one of the three classic texts of Haṭha-yoga: a major branch of Yoga, sharing similarities with the Yoga system taught by Patañjali, though claiming its own mythical founder known as Matsyendranātha. This gheraṇḍa-saṃhitā is an encyclopedic Sanskrit treatise describing thirty two such āsanas.

Source: archive.org: Gheranda Samhita
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Garuḍāsana (गरुडासन) refers to a type of Āsana (sitting poses), according to Ganapati Sthapati in his text Ciṟpa Cennūl, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The right leg is folded inward with its knee supported on the ground; the left leg is bent and stretched away from the body with the foot resting on the ground. This posture is called garuḍāsana. Garuḍa, the vehicle of Śiva is found in this posture.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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