Enrich your yoga practice with this in-depth look at the poses (asanas) and the spiritual basis for their creation. Modern yoga instructors often emphasize the body while neglecting the mind and spirit, and many practitioners are unaware of yogas underlying philosophy, symbols, and rituals. To remedy this, Yoga Mythology recounts the stories behind more than sixty asanas, drawing attention to an Indic worldview based on the concepts of eternity, rebirth, liberation, and empathy. Learn how svana-asana (dog pose) is connected to Shiva and bhujanga-asana (cobra pose) was inspired by shape-shifting beings who live below the earth. This playful book includes stories from Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism that nurtured the idea of yoga and shaped the development of its most iconic asanas.