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Hanuman (हनुमान) and the Fish Princess (मछली राजकुमारी); Wayang kulit (shadow puppet illustrations), Java, 19th century.

The Splits, also known as Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose, represent the Hindu god Hanuman’s famous leap from the southern tip of India to Sri Lanka. A deep stretch of the thighs, hamstrings and groin, this pose can be beneficial for those suffering from sciatica. We will be working our way towards this pose and many more in my classes at Sangha Yoga Shala this week listed below:
Tuesday - 2pm, 7:30pm
Wednesday - 6:30am
Friday - 2pm
Saturday - 11am
Hope to see you there!
Photo credit goes to the lovely Jenn Rosen.

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हनुमान् [Hanuman]; fetching the herb-bearing mountain, Ravi Varma Press, India, 1909.

Hanuman, Lord Rama’s faithful servant (Lord Sri Krishna) lifting the Govardhana Hill, [Bhāgavata Purāṇa]; nd.

Krishna (कृष्ण); lifting Mount Govardhana [गोवर्धन]; Bhāgavata Purāṇa, Jaipur, c. 1840.

Krishna Protecting Brij by Lifting Mount Govardhana, Bhāgavata Purāṇa (भागवतपुराण), nd.

Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan, Bhāgavata Purāṇa, c. 1800.

Krishna raising Mount Govardhan, Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Śrīmadbhāgavatapurāṇa/Bhagavat Purana), ca. 1640.

Ustad Sahibdin, Krishna Lifts Mount Govardhan, ca. 1690.

Govardhana Pūjā.

NEPAL, Kathmandu : A sadhu (Hindu holy man) dressed as Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, looks on while sitting next to a macaque monkey at the Pashupatinath Temple area in Kathmandu on July 15, 2014. Hanuman, known for his strength, is worshipped for his unyielding devotion to Lord Rama and is remembered for his selfless dedication to the diety. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA

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Hanuman and the Fish Princess. Javanese Wayang Album. 1800s.  

The tradition of shadow-puppet theatre seems to have been in existence in Java for at least a thousand years, and the stories which are used in the wayang kulit shadow puppet theatre are taken from the Indian epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. While the characters and the plots remain basically Indian, the way the stories have been developed over the past 1000 years in the oral dramatic tradition reflects Javanese culture rather than Indian. In the Malay Muslim courts of the archipelago, literary traditions now transmitted using Arabic script continued to reflect deep-seated Hindu-Buddhist roots. The Malay version of the Ramayana, Hikayat Seri Rama, is believed to have been committed to writing between the 13th and 15th centuries, and originated not from the classical Ramayana of Valmiki, but from popular oral versions widely spread over southern India. -British Library

Once Lord Ram asked Sri Hanuman, “What are you, a monkey or a man?”

Hanuman bowed his head reverently, folded his hands and said, “When I do not know who I am, I serve You; and when I do know who I am, You and I are one.”

May Sri Lord Hanuman guide us in what it means to be loyal, devoted and ever-faithful. Happy Hanuman Jayanti to all.