[INDOLOGY] question about a Jaina practice

Philipp Maas philipp.a.maas at gmail.com
Thu Oct 3 11:39:29 EDT 2019

Dear Herman,
Further textual references to the use of a yoga strap in yoga literature
can be found on p. 71 of my article "'Sthirasukham Āsanam': Posture and
Performance in Classical Yoga and Beyond", which you find published in
open-access here

Best wishes,


Dr. Philipp A. Maas
Research Associate
Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaften
Universität Leipzig



Am Do., 3. Okt. 2019 um 16:10 Uhr schrieb Tieken, H.J.H. via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info>:

> Dear List members,
> Jaina monks, or their followers, are often depicted sitting with a strap
> going around their bodies and legs. (a few years ago I saw this contraption
> in a posh interior decorating shop in Leiden as an alternative chair!)
> Could anyone tell me if this strap, or sitting supported by this strap, had
> a (Sanskrit, MIA or NIA) name. By the way, it is not a particular Jaina
> practice. If I remember well, the strap can also be seen on, for instance,
> the Borobudur.
> Herman
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