Yogasana, aka: Yoga-asana, Yogāsana; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Yogasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Yogasana (Yoga-asana)—The yogi position. The legs are crossed with the feet touching the ground. The knees are slightly drawn up and supported by a special tape (yogapatta). This position shows a god as an ascetic. In a variation of this position, only the right leg is drawn up and supported by the yogapatta while the left leg hangs down.

Source: Google Books: The Book of Hindu Imagery: Gods, Manifestations and Their Meaning

Yogāsana (योगासन).—When used as a pītha (seat or pedestal), this Āsana should be used as the seat for the image during invocation, according to the Suprabhedāgama. According to the Candrajñānāgama, the seat is of a octagonal shape.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Yogāsana (योगासन) refers to a type of Āsana (sitting poses), according to Ganapati Sthapati in his text Ciṟpa Cennūl, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—This [Yogāsana] posture signifies the disciplining of the five senses. One of the hands is held in jñāna-mudrā close to the chest, with palm facing either inward or outward. The other hand is placed on the thigh with palm upward and fingers held together and extended. The head is held erect with eyes gazing at the tip of the nose. These are the special characteristics and qualities of yogāsana. Yoga Narasiṃha is found in this [Yogāsana] posture.

According to T. A. G. Rao in his text ‘Elements of Hindu Iconography’, Yogāsana is a octagonal seat and should be used as the seat for the image during invocation.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Yogāsana (योगासन) is one of five pedestals that makes up the Śivāsana, unto which Śiva is installed and invoked during the ritualistic process of śivārcana, according to the Sakalāgamasāra-saṃgraha. In the process of invocation (āvāhana) Lord Śiva is contemplated as seated on Yogāsana: “in the process of invocation (āvāhana) Lord Śiva is contemplated as seated on yogāsana”. This particular āsana is associated with the shape of an octagon and is connected with the element Fire.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Yogāsana (योगासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 64 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Place the left ankle on the right knee and the right ankle on the left knee. Do the sacrificial altar reversal. Place the eyes between the eye-brows. This is yogāsana”.

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

The name is not found in Iyengar but a yogamudrā, technically not an āsana, similar to this is commonly known. The yogamudrā position is a padmāsana leg position and incorporates movements of the upper body and breathing restrictions. It might be considered, then, that it belongs to the same āsana family as this and thus related to or derived from this.

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

Yogāsana (योगासन) is one of the thirty-two āsanas (postures) taught in the second chapter of the Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā: “Turning the feet upwards and placing them on the (opposite) knees and keeping the hands on the seat with the palms turned upwards draw in air by inhaling and fix the gaze on the tip of the nose. This is Yogāsana assumed by the yogis for practice of Yoga”.

Yogāsana is one of the selected 32 postures amongs 8,400,000 total mentioned by Śiva, according to Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā 2.1-2, “In all, there are as many Āsanas as species of animals. Eighty-four lacs of them are mentioned by Śiva. Out of them, 84 are regarded as important and among these 84, again 32 are good (enough) in this world of mortal beings”.

The 17th-century Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā (mentioning yoga-āsana) is one of the three classic texts of Haṭha-yoga: a major branch of Yoga, sharing similarities with the Yoga system taught by Patañjali, though claiming its own mythical founder known as Matsyendranātha. This gheraṇḍa-saṃhitā is an encyclopedic Sanskrit treatise describing thirty two such āsanas.

Source: archive.org: Gheranda Samhita
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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yōgāsana (योगासन).—n S A posture of a yōgī performing yōga.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Yogāsana (योगासन).—a posture suited to profound and abstract meditation.

Derivable forms: yogāsanam (योगासनम्).

Yogāsana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yoga and āsana (आसन).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yogāsana (योगासन).—n.

(-naṃ) A religious posture, the position in which the devotee sits to perform the religious exercise called Yoga. E. yoga as above, and āsana a seat or sitting.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kurmasana
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