Hamsasana, aka: Haṃsāsana, Hamsa-asana; 2 Definition(s)

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Haṃsāsana (हंसासन) is one of the eighty-four āsanas (postures) taught by Śiva, according to the Haṭharatnāvalī 3.7-20. It is said that Ādinātha (Śiva) hand-picked 84 yoga postures from 84,00,000 living beings and taught them for the purpose of introducing physical health and well-being to the human body. The compound haṃsāsana translates to haṃsa (swan) and āsana (posture).

The 17th-century Haṭharatnāvalī is a Sanskrit reference book dealing with these āsanas (eg., haṃsāsana) which form a major constituent of the haṭhayoga practice. It was written by Śrīnivāsa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Haṃsāsana (हंसासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 45 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Take the kukkuṭāsana position. Bring the thighs to the shoulders. This is haṃsāsana, the goose”.

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

The name is found in Iyengar but the āsana illustrated is different. This āsana form is called kukkuṭāsana in Iyengar.

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