The Birth of Dekasana (Airplane)?

Yoga has been around for thousands of years.  And we all know airplanes have only been around a little over 100 years.  So I was thrown off when a student of mine asked this question during yoga class recently…If yoga is considered ancient, how can there be a pose called Airplane (Dekasana)?

Airplane is typically practiced by those who do some form of vinyasa style yoga.  Though I have yet to find an answer to my student’s very observant question, my assumption is that Airplane evolved from Warrior III and it was created in the mid 90’s as part of a new yoga style, Power Vinyasa.

Is Dekasana the modern day version of Warrior III?  Does anyone know?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Good question and one i have asked myself. I have also assumed this is a variation warrior III, but stick (tuladandasana) which is very similar, seems to be considered different than a warrior III variation. Regardless it is my favorite pose and just happy it exists.


  2. Posted by Chase on May 21, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Airplanes are spoken of in the Vedas such as in the Srimad Bhagavatam.


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