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Karnapidasana

Karna = ear
Pida = pain, discomfort, pressure

= Cobra / Snake – Bhujangasana I 

Bhujanga = snake

Headstand – Shirshasana 

Shirsha = head

Supported Headstand  – Salamba-Shirshasana I + II + III 

Salamba = supported
Shirsha = head

Soldier I + II + III – Virabhadrasana

This position is dedicated to the big hero, which Shiva created of his curly hair. 

Once Daksha was celebrating a sacrificial, but he didn’t invite neither his daughter nor her husband Shiva, the highest of all gods. However Sati, Dakshas daughter went to the fest. But because she got insulted and humiliated, she was throwing herself into the fire and burned to death.

When Shiva heard about it, he felt challenged, riped off one of his curly hair and through it on the ground. A great hero, Virabhadra, raised and awaiting his orders. He was told to guide Shivas army to Dakshas sacrificial and disturb them. 

Viradhadra and his army emerged at the sacrifical as a tornado, destroying the fest, vanquished the other gods and priests and beheaded Daksha. 

Shiva, in grieve over the death of Sati abalienated and immersed in meditation. 

Sati was reborn as Umi in the house of Himalaya. Once more she found Shivas love and due to her effort she gained his heart.

This story comes from the poetry of Kumara Sambhava (Birth of God of War) of Kalidasa.

Kriya Yoga Yoga of action

Facet of Kriya Yoga:

tapas
svadhyaya
ishvara-pranidhana

Crocodile – Nakrasana 

Nakra = crocodile

Krounchasana – Heron

Krounch = heron

Kukkutasana – Cock / Rooster

Kukkuta = cock / rooster

Cow – Gomukhasana 

Go = cow
Mukha = face, mouth

Gomukha describes a human whos face looks like the face of a cow. It’s also names an instrument, which is narrow on one end and wide on the other – as the face of a cow.

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