Sunday, 25 October 2015

Yoga myths and legends- Lion Pose

There was once a demon named Hiranyakashipu who performed the amazing yogic feat of standing on his toes for 100 years.  Because of this Brahma, the creator felt obliged to reward him and asked Hiranyakashipu what he wanted.  Hiranyakashipu asked for immortality but Brahma could not grant this so instead Hiranyakashipu asked Brahma to grant that he would not be killed either in the day or at night, inside or outside, in the sky or on the ground, by a weapon or by any being created by Brahma.  This Brahma granted and Hiranyakashipu became ruler of three worlds, heaven, middle and hell which he ruled with violence.

Hiranyakashipu had a son, Prahlada who angered his father by worshiping Vishnu.  One day Hiranyakashipu's anger reached such a pitch that when his son claimed that Vishnu was even present in the pillar supporting the porch roof, Hiranyakashipu shattered the pillar with a mighty blow.  At once a figure appeared from the pillar that was half man and half lion, a form which Vishnu had taken.  The beast killed Hiranyakashipu with its claws.  It was twilight, neither dark nor light, in the porch so neither in nor out.  He was not killed on the ground or in the sky.  He was not killed by a weapon nor by a being created by Brahma.

To do Lion Pose either sit back on your heels or if you have knee issues sit in a chair.  Place your hands on your thighs and take a deep breath in.  As you breathe out, hinge forward, stick out your tongue, roll your eyes up and lift your hands to make 'claws'.  Repeat 2 or 3 more times.

Lion Pose tones your neck, boosts circulation to your face and helps eliminate stale air from your lungs which can then be replaced by fresh, oxygenated air. Lion Pose also tones your face and neck. Please see 'Lion Breath-The 3 minute facial toner'-

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

'Yoga myths and legends-Bow Pose'-

'Yoga myths and legends-Eagle Pose'-

'Yoga myths and legends- Warrior Pose'-

Janet x

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