The Story Behind Aṣṭāvakra (updated)

August 27, 2017

Many times you would have seen this pose Aṣṭāvakra-asana; on social media, in publications and perhaps even tried this posture in a class. You may have been told that this pose is dedicated to the Hindu sage Aṣṭāvakra which means "one having eight bends". Aṣṭāvakra was not the sage's real name but the name he was given.

 

So what is the story behind this pose? 

 

 

In order to follow and understand Hindu mythology and its narratives, art and rituals, you must firstly suspend your belief. The first impression of many is that Hindu mythology is often confusing and contradictory. The reality is that there are so many hidden meanings to all the ancient stories involving the various gods, that it would take us a lifetime to understand. Our best hope is to find something within