As we discussed in the “Every pose tells a story” post, learning the Sanskrit name, and possibly the story behind an asana, can sometimes give us a stronger connection with a pose. Another good example of this is Hanumanasana, or splits pose. You may have been to a class where the teacher moves you through a series of poses with the aim of eventually getting you into Hanumanasana. This is often a very challenging pose for people, but the story behind the pose is one of great physical strength and perseverance. Hanuman is the monkey God whose story is narrated in the Ramayana (an ancient Hindu epic). He is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon and his story in the Ramayana is known for its astounding ability to give the reader inspiration to face ordeals and conquer lifes obstructions. In the Ramayana he was given the task of locating Rama’s wife Sita, who had been kidnapped by the demon king of Lanka. The story goes that he took a giant leap across the ocean between India and the island of Lanka to rescue Sita, and Hanumanasana represents his super-human leap. So if this pose is difficult for you or requires perseverance to achieve, relax because you are embodying the true feeling of the pose.