Tagged: yoga glossary

*Featured image (lotus flower) by Alessandra Sotti

aparigraha अपरिग्रह

freedom from greed, hoarding, and collecting. non-possessiveness non-covetousness non-acceptance of gifts aparigraha-sthairye janma-kathaṁtā saṁbodhaḥ (Yoga Sutra II-39) “Once yogi is established in non-covetousness then reveal the secrets of births.”* *Dr. Omanand, Total Awakening: Patanjali...

ahimsā / ahimsa अहिंसा

non-violence not injuring anything Ahimsā is one of the yamas of Ashtanga Yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar states in “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” that the word ahimsā has not a negative meaning of...

abhyāsa / abhyasa अभ्यास

constant study and disciplined practice cheerfulness, assiduousness tatra sthitau yatno- ‘byyāsah (Yoga Sutra I-13) : Resolute self-commitment is called practice.* *Dr. Omanand, Total Awakening: Patanjali Yog Darshan – Yog Sutra (As it is) “Abhyāsa is...

advaita अद्वैत

Non-duality. Advaita is a philosophy according to which there is no duality, only the singular state of consciousness and everything is a part of and made of this one non-dual consciousness.

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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