Etymology and origins
The name comes from the Sanskrit words Lol (लोल, Lola) meaning "fickle", "trembling", or "dangling" and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".
The pose is unknown in hatha yoga until the 20th century Light on Yoga, but the pose appears in the 1896 Vyayama Dipika, a manual of gymnastics, as the balancing movement exercise called jhula. Norman Sjoman suggests that it is one of the poses adopted into modern yoga in Mysore by Krishnamacharya. The pose would then have been taken up by his pupils Pattabhi Jois and B. K. S. Iyengar.
The practitioner kneels with ankles crossed over each other allowing the buttocks to rest in the cradle of the heels. Places hands besides folded legs and leans forward slowly to curve back and shoulder blades pressing the shoulders towards the floor. Raises legs off the ground holding in this pose for at least 20 seconds.
Advanced variations include:
- Padma Lolasana, with the legs crossed in Padmasana
- Utthita Lolasana
Beginners can start with Navasana (Boat Pose).
- Bakasana, a hand balancing pose with the legs resting on the arms
- Kukkutasana, a hand balancing pose with the legs in lotus
- Tulasana, a pendant hand balancing pose with the legs in lotus
- Sinha, S. C. (1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
- Sjoman, Norman E. (1999) . The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace. Abhinav Publications. pp. 55, 100–101. ISBN 81-7017-389-2.
- Iyengar 1979, pp. 116-117.
- Rosen, Richard (3 October 2007). "Want Cut Arms? Try Pendant Pose". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 16 February 2019.