Abstract

The structures of syllables and of yoga poses are compared. Syllables are tripartite, with sound segments rising in sonority (acoustic energy) to a peak, then falling. Likewise, asanas are tripartite, with symmetrical movements flanking the sustaining, vital energy peak. In both entities, then, symmetric structure flanks energy peaks. This organization is not a physical necessity, but a cognitive preference.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Pages
pp. 332-338
Launched on MUSE
2008-07-25
Open Access
No
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