you learn them
most of them you can kind of put together when your learn some sanskrit though
eka = one
dwi/dve = two
trini/tri = three
asta = eight (you don’t see the other numbers in names much)
anga = limb
sirsa = head
bhuja = shoulder
pada = foot
hasta = hand
parsva = side
kona = angle
baddha = bound
janu = knee
prasarita = spread
pravritta = revolved
utthita = extended
adho = downward
supta = reclining
urdhva = upward
so for example ‘eka pada sirasana’ = one foot head pose
urdhva prasarita ekapadasana = upward spread one foot pose (standing splits)
some are named after animals - chakora = rockdove, kapota = pigeon, kurma = tortoise, baka = crow
others are named after sages, especially advanced poses and arm balances- like koundiyasana, astavakrasana, eka pada galavasana, visvamitrasana, durvasana, and so on
almost without exception the english names are direct translations of the sanskrit
sometimes the ones with sages have other names, for example eka pada galavasana is flying pigeon, but usually those really only have sanskrit names
“Can yoga be owned? We and many others, including the government of India, consider yoga and its asanas to be Sacred and Traditional Knowledge. The moment anyone wishes to “own” a yoga sequence, we have to pause and look very deeply at the far reaching ramifications this claim has for all yoga and all people, everywhere.
This is not about being against one man; this petition asks you what you are for. It’s about whether yoga asanas and the sequencing of asanas that are part of Traditional Knowledge will remain in the public domain for everyone to use, for everyone to teach, and for everyone to practice.
What does the world look like if yoga is owned? Less yoga for less people? Less awareness, more confined consciousness? How does this privatization of yoga affect the students who have found a potentially life-saving and life-affirming practice through yoga? What happens to the communities all yoga studios serve? Instead of practicing sacred knowledge, yoga becomes property—a business not a community. Something bought and sold rather than something shared. A market rather than a union…
For more information visit www.yogatruth.org”
Sign Petition here: http://chn.ge/uSueHf
Tibetan Buddhist Mantra pronounced: “Ohm monny padmay hoom”. This mantra can be interpreted in many different ways by different practitioners. My favorite interpretation:
“ It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, Om symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.
The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom.
Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility”
Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.”
— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
"Nama" means bow, "as" means I, and "te" means you.
In the simple “Namaste” gesture lays the timelessness of India, the mother culture of the world. Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
Chrisandra Fox. Looking forward to her second lecture and class on Assisting Techniques.
This Saturday, September 24th, from 11am - 3pm on Octavia Street between Hayes and Fell, the SF SPCA is having a street party! There will be tons of awesome rescue organizations on hand to adopt from, all the pet arts and crafts and treats that a crazy cat or dog lady* could desire, vets and trainers to ask questions of, a dog kissing booth (buy that love!), music, raffles, and an all around barking good time. I don’t know what barking good time means but I felt compelled to write it so, a barking good day to all! See your animal loving asses on Saturday, let’s party!
*I write lady but I mean person. Crazy cat ladies come in all genders!
NEW DELHI: India is all set to give hot yoga a cold shoulder.
In order to stop self-styled yoga gurus from claiming copyright to ancient `asanas’, like Bikram Choudhury’s Hot Yoga — a set of 26 sequences practised in a heated room — India has completed documenting 1,300 ‘asanas’ which will soon be uploaded on the country’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), making them public knowledge.
Around 250 of these `asanas’ have also been made into video clips with an expert performing them.
According to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research ( CSIR) and Union health ministry’s department of Ayush, “once the database is up online, patent offices across the world will have a reference point to check on everytime a yoga guru claims patent on a particluar `asana’.”
CSIR’s Dr V P Gupta, who created TKDL, told TOI, “All the 26 sequences which are part of Hot Yoga have been mentioned in Indian yoga books written thousands of years ago.”
He added, “However, we will not legally challenge Choudhury. By putting the information in the public domain, TKDL will be a one-stop reference point for patent offices across the world. Every time, somebody applies for a patent on yoga, the office can check which ancient Indian book first mentioned it and cancel the application.”
Nine well known yoga institutions in India have helped with the documentation. “The data will be up online in the next two months. In the first phase, we have videographed 250 ‘asanas’ — the most popular ones. Chances of misappropriation with them are higher. So if somebody wants to teach yoga, he does not have to fight copyright issues. He can just refer to the TKDL. At present, anybody teaching Hot Yoga’s 26 postures has to pay Choudhury franchisee fee because he holds copyright on them,” Dr Gupta added.
TKDL will have photos and explanation of the postures. Dr Gupta said, “A voice-over will also point out which text mentions the posture. The information will be available in several international languages. We have screened through several ancient books like Srimad Bhagwat Gita, Vyas Bhashya, Yogasava Vijana, Hatha Praditika, Gheranda Samhita, Shiva Samhita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Sandra Satkarma to exactly document all known `asanas’ and yoga references.”
Till now, it is estimated that the US patent office alone has issued over 200 yoga-related copyrights. Experts say yoga has become a $225 billion market in the West. Americans supposedly spend about $3 billion a year on yoga classes.
Yoga is a favourite among Hollywood stars. Oprah swears by it and so does Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Gwenyeth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Tina Turner, and Angelina Jolie.
The TKDL, which has 30 million pages of information, has been created to prevent those living abroad from claiming patent for existing knowledge.
by Kounteya Sinha via Times of India