asana tips and trivia: ananda matkuna
ananda = happy, matkuna = bug
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, this posture was brought up as one of the more fundamental asanas for the advanced yogi. On one of his many journeys to Rishikesh, the old guru was held in custody for three days, with a small bug as sole company in the interrogation room. He spent those three days playing with and meditating over this little creature, and he told his disciples afterwards that in the exquisite body awareness of a bug lying on its back, you can see the meaning of life.