Category: Yoga Glossary

agni अग्नि

fire digestive faculty fire of the stomach Agnisara kriya Agnisara kriya is one of the shatkarmas (purification practices). It is an intestinal cleansing technique (one of the dhautis) that activates the digestive fire of...

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avirati अविरति

desire intemperance incontinence In Yoga Sutra I-30, Patanjali describes nine obstacles that create distraction and inconsistency in chitta (consciousness) and prevent the aspirant from progressing in his/her spiritual path. Avirati (desire) is one of...

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avidyā अविद्या

spiritual ignorance lack of insight first one of the five kleshas which are stated in Yoga Sutras by Patanjali Five major causes of sorrow (kleshas): Lack of insight (avidya) Egoism (asmita) Attachment (raga) Hate...

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asteya अस्तेय

non-stealing Asteya-pratisthayam sarva-ratnopasthanam (Yoga Sutra II-37) “Once non-stealing has been permanently established, all jewels and inner riches will be available.”* *Dr. Omanand, Total Awakening: Patanjali Yog Darshan – Yog Sutra (As it is) **Featured...

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asmitā / asmita अस्मिता

egoism Patanjali states in Yoga Sutras five major causes of sorrow (kleshas): Lack of insight (avidya) Ego (asmita) Attachment (raga) Hate (dvesha) Fear of death (abinivesha)* *Dr. Omanand, Total Awakening: Patanjali Yog Darshan –...

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āsana / asana असना

a balanced position for smooth energy flow in specific areas of the body and mind seated posture sthira sukham āsanam (Yoga Sutra II-46) : Seated posture should be steady and comfortable. “A physical position...

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ārambhāvasthā / arambhavastha

The stage of beginning. Siva Samhitā describes four evolutionary stages in the practice. These stages start from the gross body and ends in the finest of the fine. Ārambhāvasthā is the first stage of...

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