Musalasana, Mūsalāsana, Musala-asana: 2 definitions



Musalasana 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.

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Source: Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace

Mūsalāsana (मूसलासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 61 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Stand up straight. Raise the arms again and again. This is mūsalāsana, the pestle”.

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

Source: Scribd: Roots of Yoga

Musalāsana (मुसलासन) is the name of an āsana (posture) described in the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati (88).—Accordingly, “Stand up straight, raise the arms and jump repeatedly. This is the pestle pose (musalāsana)”.

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., musala-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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