Matsyendrapithasana, Matsyendrapīṭhāsana, Matsyendra-pitha-asana: 1 definition



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Source: Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace

Matsyendrapīṭhāsana (मत्स्येन्द्रपीठासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 102 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Place the left heel on the navel and the other foot on the thigh. Wrap the left hand and arm around the right knee and take hold of the toes of the left foot. This is matsyendrapīṭhāsana, the throne of Matsyendra”.

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

An āsana similar to this is found in Iyengar called matsyendrāsana. That name is also found in Haṭhapradīpikā I.26. Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā II.22-23 is somewhat different. Matsyendra was a famous yogin claimed both by the Buddhists and the Nāthas. His kuṇḍaliṇī was said to have gone up in this āsana

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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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