Eighty Four Asanas in Yoga
This fascinating and scholarly exploration of the history of hatha yoga and it’s asanas (postures) explores the modern belief that the poses derive from an ancient and original set of eighty-four asanas. Buhnemann traces and documents the traditional sets of 84 classical yoga postures by examining original materials, including drawings, descriptions in older Indic texts and modern publications and finds conflicting lists of poses with the oldest dating from the 17th century.
Most noteably, this book reproduces several of the oldest pictorial records of rare drawings and paintings of these sets of 84 asanas. While this book may be a bit too of a scholarly read for the general public, it will be an essential read for those interested in the history of modern yoga.