Meshasana, Meṣāsana, Mesha-asana: 2 definitions

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Meshasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Meṣāsana can be transliterated into English as Mesasana or Meshasana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

Meṣāsana (मेषासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 87 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Take gajāsana position. Strike the floor with each arm. This is the ram, meṣāsana”.

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

This type of practice is reminiscent of the exercises in the wrestler’s system.

Source: Scribd: Roots of Yoga

Meṣāsana (मेषासन) is the name of an āsana (posture) described in the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati (30).—Accordingly, “In the elephant pose strike each arm in turn on the ground. This is the ram pose (meṣāsana)”.

The Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati is an 17th-century text in Sanskrit dealing with haṭha-yoga, and is also known by the name of its author, Kapālakuruṇṭaka. The text describes 112 āsanas (e.g., meṣa-āsana) usually based on animal movement.

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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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