Category: Yoga Glossary

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anushasanam अनुशासन

discipline atha yoga anushasanam (Yoga Sutra I-1) Atha means in Sanskrit “now”. “The meaning of yog is union. Yoga means the union, yoga means the practice, yoga means oneness, yoga means the ultimate oneness....

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anuloma

Anu (अनु): in order, along with, with, connected Loma (लोम): hair Anuloma means “with the hair”, along with the current, in a natural order, with the direction of natural power. Anuloma pranayama is breathing...

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antara अन्तर

inner, internal, interior, inside Antar dhauti: Internal yoga cleansing (shatkarma) techniques. Antar kumbhaka: Internal breath retention. The stage of pranayama where breath is retained after full inhalation. Antar mouna is a meditation practice, which...

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anna अन्न

food, relating to food earth Annamaya kośa is the outermost of the five kosha, “the sheath of food”, the gross material body, the anatomical sheath of man.

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anavasthitattva

instability, inconsistency irresoluteness 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. Anavasthitattva is one of those...

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anāhata chakra / anahata chakra

Energy circle located in the heart region; also called pranic centre. The fourth of the seven chakras, energy centers. One of the meanings of the word Anāhata (अनाहत) is “produced otherwise than by beating”....

alasya आलस्य

idleness laziness, slothfulness 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. Ālasya is one of those...

akasha आकाश

ether, space sky, atmosphere Ether is one of the Panchamahabhuta, or “five elements” according to samkhya philosophy. The first four elements are earth (prithivi), water (apas), fire (tejas), and air (vayu). These are elementary...

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