Night 1: Anjaneyasana
Anjaneyasana (or low lunge pose) symbolizes the Jewish desire for freedom under the tyrannical rule of Antiochus III, the King of Syria.
Night 2: Parighasana
Parighasana (or gate pose) symbolizes how Judaism became forbidden under the King’s rule.
Night 3: Garudasana
Garudasana (or eagle pose) symbolizes the leadership of Mattathias and his five sons, the Maccabees, who stood up against the King’s tyranny.
Night 4: Utkatasana
Utkatasana (or chair pose) symbolizes the bravery of the Maccabees and their ragtag Jewish army as they prepared to wage war against the King’s army.
Night 5: Virabhadrasana II
Virabhadrasana II (or warrior II pose) symbolizes the Maccabees’ strength and determination in the battle to retake Jerusalem.
Night 6: Ardha Chandrasana
Ardha Chandrasana (or half moon pose) symbolizes the moon lighting the sky on the Maccabees’ return to Jerusalem, and the need for light to be found in the Temple.
Night 7: Camatkarasana
Camatkarasana (or wild thing pose) symbolizes the miracle of the small jar of oil that lasted for 8 days.
Night 8: Utthita Tadasana
Utthita Tadasana (or star pose) symbolizes the peaceful outcome of Chanukah, the five point star of the Star of David and the nighttime sky where we light the menorah.