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Vasishtha Samhita

The Vasishtha Samhita describes non-seated poses such as Mayurasana. Mahamandir temple mural, Jodhpur, India, c. 1810

The Vasishtha Samhita (Sanskrit: वशिष्ठसंहिता, Vasishtha's Collection) is a 13th century medieval Vaishnavite text, one of the first to describe non-seated hatha yoga asanas including the arm-balancing Kukkutasana, Cockerel Pose. It makes use of the 10th century Vimanarcanakalpa, whose verse it paraphrases in prose to describe what may be the first non-seated asana, the arm-balancing Mayurasana, Peacock Pose. These descriptions in turn were exploited by the 15th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika.[1]

The text, ascribed to the earlier sage Vasishtha, was compiled by an unknown author of the Vaishnavite Shakta sect. Its 45 chapters cover peace, name-chanting, offerings, sacrifices, astrology, and donation.[2][3][4]

References

  1. ^ Mallinson & Singleton 2017, pp. 87–88, 104–105.
  2. ^ Joshi, Dinkar (2005). Glimpses of Indian Culture. Star Publications. p. 25. ISBN 978-81-7650-190-3.
  3. ^ Frawley, David (2014). Vedic Yoga: The Path of the Rishi. Lotus Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-940676-25-1.
  4. ^ Rosen, Richard (2012). Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga. Shambhala Publications. p. 264. ISBN 978-0-8348-2740-0.

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