Sunday, 15 November 2015

Yoga myths and legends- Monkey God Pose

Hanuman was the son of the wind god, Vayu. After being cursed by the sun god, Surya, he went to live in the mountains with the monkeys forgetting his divine connections. He became the servant of Ram (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) who was at war with Ravana after who had abducted his wife, Sita. Sita was held captive on the island of Ravada, which is modern day Sri Lanka.  In order to rescue Sita, Ram decided to build a bridge to the island. It was Hanuman’s task to jump over to the island to let Sita know that rescue was on its way. Now, because he was the son of the wind god Hanuman was able to do this task but remember Hanuman had forgotton his divine origins. Such was his devotion to Ram however that through prayer and meditation he was able to access his inner divine power and accomplish the task. Monkey God Pose represents Hanuman’s giant leap across to the island. Sita was rescued and Ram was happy once more thanks to the devotion of Hanuman. The story teaches us that we should recognise the divinity in all of us and gain the strength to reach our goals.

Hanuman goes on to serve Ram through fierce battles. Another time Ram’s brother was wounded and Hanuman flew all the way to the Himalayas to find the herb that would heal him.  

Hanumanasana, Monkey God Pose requires flexibility in the hamstrings and quadriceps. 

To practice the pose come onto all 4s and bring your right foot between your hands.  Slide your front foot forward as far as is comfortable then the left leg back, bringing your hips down on the mat. If, like me your hips do not reach the mat, support your hips with cushions. To come out of the pose, press into your hands and slide back to all fours.  Repeat second side.

For a modified version, from all 4s bring your right foot forward, take your bottom half way back to your heels in order to straighten the front leg and bow towards your knee. To come out, slide back to all fours and repeat second side.

The pose is a good stretch for the hamstrings, groin and thighs and also stimulates the abdominal organs.

The pose is not for you if you have hamstring injuries.

Please see also 'Yoga legends-Lord of the Fishes Pose'-

'Yoga myths and legends- Dancer Pose'-


Janet x

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