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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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Hanuman showing the images in his heart, in Kalighat folk style, c.1880

Source: Barbara Rossi, From the Ocean of Painting: India’s Popular Paintings 1589 to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Page 64, plate 19. Scan by FWP, Aug. 2001.

“A pilgrim’s souvenir painting depicting Hanuman revealing Rama and Sita in his heart. West Bengal, Kalighat. C.1880. Transparent and metallic water-based pigments on paper. 17 ½” x 10 ½". Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection.“ 


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

Suvannamaccha (lit. golden mermaid), Sovann Maccha (Khmer: សុវណ្ណមច្ឆា); Suphanna Matcha (Thai: นางสุพรรณมัจฉา), is a daughter of Ravana that appears in the Cambodian and Thai versions of the Ramayana.
She is a mermaid princess who tries to spoil Hanuman’s plans to build a bridge to Lanka but falls in love with him instead.

Mural painting. Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok.