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Leap of Faith.

Source: via Reena on Pinterest

“It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman‘s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell like little stars on the waving treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen such a thing; they cheered Hanuman, then the air burned from his passage and red clouds flamed over the sky…”

~ Ramayana, retold by William Buck

“During a horrific battle in Southern India, Rama’s brother, Laksmana, is gravely wounded. His only chance for survival is to be treated with a very specific and rare herb that is found at the top of the Himalayas. Rama is distraught and has little hope that someone could make it to the Himalayas, find the herb and return back in time to save Laksmana. This impossible task falls upon Hanuman; son of the wind, powerful and intelligent monkey god, emblematic of devotion.

Taking a mighty “leap of faith” across the ocean from the south of India to the Himalayas, Hanuman finds himself unsure of the exact location of the herb. He is innately guided to get “bigger around the situation” rather than “getting lost in finding the exact herb” and picks up the entire mountain range and carries it over his head while he leaps back to the battlefield. The healing herb is quickly located by experts and Laksmana is saved. Later in the Ramayana, Hanuman makes another great leap from India to Sri Lanka to reunite Rama and his beloved Sita.”

~ Courtesy of

Inspired by Hanuman and want to work on leaping over tall buildings? Click here for a great hanumanasana how-to on Yoga Journal (or ask any of the teachers at the studio and we’d be happy to help!)

For more information on Lord Hanuman, click here and here.

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