5

You would have seen people performing these kind of postures- In simple terms, this is Asana; more precisely Yogasana, since asana is part of Yoga (both asana and yogasana mean the same) Pathanjali's sutra for asana is- स्थिरसुखमासनम् स्थिर - steady सुखम् - comfortable आसनम् - asana Which means a posture which is steady as well as comfortable is an ...


4

It is referring to the Shat Karma of Yoga. This is referred to in the following verse from the same text: Karma shatkamidam ghopyam ghataśodhanakārakam Vichitraghunasandhāya pūjyate yoghipungavaih || These six kinds of actions which cleanse the body should be kept secret. They produce extraordinary attributes and are performed with earnestness ...


3

The question basically boils down to whether it is allowed for a female aspirant to perform the Yogic postures or not. And, the answer is yes, but I don't have any direct reference. Yogi is the term used to denote a male aspirant who is adept in the practice of Yoga. For the women the corresponding term exists in scripture and it is Yogini. Hatha Yoga ...


3

Gheranda Samhita is another text which describes Asanas and Mudras in details. Along with Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Shiva Samhita, it is one the 3 classic treatises on Yoga. The performance of Asanas is done in order to gain Dhrirata or firmness. So, Asanas, Mudras etc are practiced as part of a larger Yogic procedure. The 2nd Chapter of this ...


2

Yes apart from Hatha Yoga Pradipika a text called The Yoga Yajnavalkya is describing these asanas. Yoga Yajnavalkya is a dialog between well known Rishi Yajnavalkya and Gargi a Brahmavadini. Chapter three of Yoga Yajnavalkya is describing list of eight asanas in detail with procedure. These Asanas are Svastikasana , Gomukhasana , Padmasana , ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible