The popular names of many yogic asanas - from Virbhadra-asana and Hanuman-asana to Matsyendra-asana, Kurma-asana and Ananta-asana - are based on characters and personages from Indian mythology. Who were these mythological characters, what were their stories, and how are they connected to yogic postures? Devdutt Pattanaik's newest book Yoga Mythology (co-written with international yoga practitioner Matt Rulli) retells the fascinating tales from Hindu, Buddhist and Jain lore that lie behind the yogic asanas the world knows so well; in the process he draws attention to an Indic worldview based on the concepts of eternity, rebirth, liberation and empathy that has nurtured yoga for thousands of years.
About the Author
Devdutt Pattanaik writes, illustrates and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He has, since 1996, written over fifty books and 1000 columns on how stories, symbols and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art (Westland), Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin Random House), Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (Penguin Random House), Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana (Penguin Random House), Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths (Penguin Random House), Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management (Aleph Book Company), My Gita (Rupa Publications) and the Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik series (Penguin Random House). To know more, visit devdutt.com. Matthew Rulli is a former Marine and experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) from the USA. He has been studying Sanskrit and Eastern philosophy for over a decade. Matt felt the need for such a book amongst yoga enthusiasts and initiated this project by contacting Devdutt Pattanaik in 2017. Over the next two years, he listed asanas and served as the model, photographer and commentator for the 64 postures finally selected for this book.