Tortoise pose is first described in the 15th century Hathapradipika.
In this asana class we will look at the classic tortoise pose detailed by Svatmarama, then journey toward the modern version, interweaving a few tortoise tales along the way.
Kurma is the giant tortoise associated with legend of churning of the ocean of milk in the Puranas, and synonymous with Akupara, the giant tortoise who supported the world on his back.
In the Bhagavad Gita the tortoise represents withdrawal of the senses as it retracts its limbs into its shell.
Tortoise is a demanding asana, however modifications will be given throughout making the class accessible to all.