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THE BIG BOOK OF YOGA: ENDNOTES

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ENDNOTES

Chapter One

1. The figure (see embedded photo) appears to be seated in a classical Yoga posture, called bhadrasana, the throne posture. For a brief description of the carving and its implications, see M. Eliade's Yoga: Immortality and Freedom (Princeton University Press edition, pp. 354-355).

2. Dates for Yoga Sutra authorship vary widely - by about 800 years in some cases - but in all probability there weren't any additions past this date. Source: Wikipedia

3. HYP 1:5-9

4. These three texts are widely acknowledged by serious Yoga scholars as the core Hatha Yoga canon today - you can either just trust us on this one, or take a look at a few other places that say so, too: 1, 2, 3

5. GS V:16-32

6. Those 15 asanas are as follow: Swastikasana, Gomukhasana, Virasana, Kurmasana, Kukkutasana, Uttankurmasana, Dhanurasana, Mastyendrasana, Paschimottanasana, Mayurasana, Shavasana, Siddhasana, Padmasana, Simhasana, Bhadrasana. Naming conventions differ for the asanas; see HYP I:19-54 for descriptions of these asanas.

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7. 31 asanas: Siddhasana, Padmasana, Bhadrasana, Muktasana, Vajrasana, Swastikasana, Simhasana, Gomukhasana, Virasana, Dhanurasana, Mrtasana, Guptasana, Mastyasana, Mastyendrasana, Gorakshasana, Paschimottanasana, Utkatasana, Samkatasana, Mayurasana, Kukkutasana, Kurmasana, Uttanakurmakasana, Mandukasana, Uttanamandukasana, Vrkshasana, Garudasana, Vrshasana, Shalabhasana, Makarasana, Ustrasana, Bhujangasana, Yogasana. Naming conventions differ for the asanas; see GS section II for descriptions of these asanas.

8. 4 asanas: Siddhasana, Padmasana, Swastikasana, Ugrasana (Paschimottanasana). Naming conventions differ for the asanas; see SS III:84-97 for descriptions of these asanas.

9. For the fascinating story of Bernard's time in Tibet, see his autobiographical account, Penthouse of the Gods.

Chapter Two


1. All the descriptions of a Yogic hermitage in this paragraph come from HYP I:12-15 (including the poster's 'commandments'), with the exception of the bit about Kusa grass - that's from SS III:20.

2. This order of practices is more-or-less supported in all the major texts of Hatha Yoga; this section draws mostly from the format described in the three main Hatha Yoga 'Bibles': Gheranda Samhita, Siva Samhita, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

3. HYP II:2

4. GS V:79-82, also all of section VI

5. HYP IV:64-68, 81-84 (lots of extra details scattered throughout the rest of section IV as well)

6. SS V:27-28

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