Shiva Samhita

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The "Shiva Samhita" is an ancient Sanskrit text about yoga. The name translates to English as "Shiva's Compendium."

The author of this text is unknown and the date of its writing is disputed. The most recent examinations have concluded that it was probably written before 1500 C.E. in or around the city of Varanasi, which is known as the spiritual capital of India.

Yogapedia explains Shiva Samhita

The "Shiva Samhita" is written from the point of view of the Hindu god, Shiva, writing to his consort, Parvati, and is one of the oldest surviving texts based on Hatha yoga. It is regarded as being the most complete set of writings on Hatha yoga.

Eighty-four asanas are mentioned in the text, although only four of them are written down in detail. It also covers five types of prana and subjects such as meditation, Tantra, mudras and yogic philosophy.

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