Mahavira's Scripture Of Health: [10.01] Yogic Postures And Health

Published: 08.06.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Bhagvan Mahavira mentioned 12 types of penances. One of them is kayaklesha, which literally means kayasiddhi. As far as kayasiddhi is concerned, asanas or yogic postures are unavoidable.

Gorakhnath is said to have developed the asanas to the ultimate extent. But Mahavira was born before Gorakhnath. However, Mahavira has described those asanas in details. He not only described those asanas, he also practised them. One of his sutras is: “There are five postures which have been described glorified, prescribed and adapted for the sramana-nirgrantha (Monk who is free from fetters).”

They are:

Sthanayatika

steady posture

Utkatukasanika

squatting posture

Pratimastahayi

statue-like posture

Veerasanika

Heroin posture

Naishadyika

the same posture all through the night

Sources
  • Mahavira's Scripture Of Health by © Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dulheraj & Muni Dhananjay Kumar
  • Translated by Sarla Jag Mohan
  • Published by Adarsh Sahitya Sangh, New Dehli, India, 2000

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