Saratasana, Saraṭāsana, Sarata-asana: 1 definition

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Saratasana 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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Saraṭāsana (सरटासन) is the name of an āsana (posture) described in the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati (23).—Accordingly, “Lie face down. Keeping the navel on the ground, rest the arms on the ground like pillars, purse the lips and hold the position, whistling like a flute. This is the lizard pose (saraṭāsana)”.

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 (eg., saraṭa-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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