Yonyasana, Yonyāsana, Yoni-asana: 1 definition


Yonyasana 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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

Yonyāsana (योन्यासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 103 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Draw the feet together and draw the toes into the base of the body. Bring the heels under the penis. Bring the soles of the feet together. This is yonyāsana, the womb”.

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

In Iyengar this is either baddhakoṇāsana or mūlabandhāsana. Gheraṇḍasaṃhitā III.33-38 has a yonimudrā. First Steps to Higher Yoga has an āsana of this name.

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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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