While the practice of yoga has its roots in ancient Vedic culture, the style of yoga practiced widely here in the west, hatha yoga, is fairly new.   Most traditions of hatha yoga trace back to three primary texts—  The Hatha Yoga Pradipika,  The Gheranda Samhita and The Shiva Samhita.

Collectively these books detail only about 30 classical yoga poses.  Most modern styles of hatha yoga include many more postures, however.    Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar, for example, details many, many more postures.    In the chart below,  I have listed all of the classical yoga poses and the location in the various books in which they are described—including Light on Yoga .  The second tab on this spread sheet lists all of the poses covered in Light on Yoga.

 

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