Yoga Glossary
Comprehensive list of yoga terms, meanings, sanskrit words and meanings, sanskrit translations for Hatha, Kundalini, Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga plus other forms.
TermMeaning or definition as related to yoga in Sanskrit or another language.
AbhasaReflection of consciousness.
Abhasanpower of creation, the experience of having created some external visable object.
AbhijnaDirect perception.
Abhilasathe desire for completion.
Abhinavaguptaa teacher of Kashmir Shaivism who lived in Kashmir during the 10th century, author of texts on Kashmir Shaivism including The Tantra Loka, Vijnayana-bhairava, and other works.
Abhyasapractice, the act of practicing.
AchalaUnmoving; hill or mountain.
AcharyaTeacher or Guru
AchitNot sentient.
AdhamaLowest grade.
Adho Mukha SvanasanaDownward Facing Dog Pose
Adho Mukha VrksasanaDownward Facing Tree Pose or Handstand
AdvaitaNon duality
Adwaitaa philosophy according to which there is no duality, only a singular state of consciousness
Agnifire, the god of fire.
Agnisar kriyaone of the shatkarmas (cleansing practices), intestinal cleansing.
AgnistambhasanaFire Log Pose
Ahamkarapride or ego
Ahimsanon-violence, non-injury, one of the yamas.
Ajapa japaspontaneous repetition of 'soham' mantra.
Ajna chakraenergy center located behind the forehead or between the eye brows, state of intuitive wisdom consciousness.
Alabdha bhumikatvanot able to hold on to what has been undertaken.
Akarm DhanurasanShooting Bow Pose
Akashaether or space.
Akbarthe 16th century king of Kashmir who built the famous Shalimar Gardens.
Amarnath Caveslocated in the Himalayas, a sacred place dedicated to the god Shiva.
AmrtamNectar of everlasting life.
Anahat chakraenergy center in the "subtle body" associated in the "physical body" with the heart.
Anahata chakraenergy center located in the heart region, fourth of the seven chakras.
AnahatasanaMelting Heart Pose
Anandabliss, ecstasy.
Ananda BalasanaHappy Baby Pose
Anandabhatarikadivine presence governing the yamas & niyamas.
Anandamaya koshathe sheath of bliss.
AnantasanaSide Reclining Leg Lift Pose.
Anavamalathe most subtle impurity of consciousness, when one can not hold on to the Shiva state, when one has a feeling of being incomplete.
Anavopayameans of increasing self-awareness using mantra, breath, and cognitive organs.
Angamejaytatvaunsteadiness in the body.
Anjali MudraSalutation Seal
AnjaneyasanaLow Lunge or Crescent Pose
Annamaya koshatnatomical sheath of man.
Antarinner or internal.
Antar dhautiinternal yoga cleansing (shatkarma) techniques.
Antar kumbhakainternal breath retention, the stage of pranayama where breath is retained after inhalation.
Antar mounainternal silence, a meditation practice.
Anuthe individual, limited being.
Anubhavaexperience, realization.
Anugrahapower of revealing.
Anusara yogacalled heart-oriented, this yoga integrates the celebration of the heart, universal principles of alignment, and energetic asanas.
ApanasanaSupta Balasana or Knees to Chest Pose
Aparigrahanongreed, nonhoarding, one of the five yamas, or restraints, which are the first of the eight stages of classical Yoga.
Ardha BhekasanaHalf Frog Pose
Ardha ChandrasanaHalf Moon Pose
Ardha dhanurasanahalf bow yoga pose.
Ardha MatsyendrasanaHalf spinal twist yoga position
Ardha NavasanaHalf Boat Pose
Ardha PadmasanaHalf lotus pose
Ardha UttanasanaStanding Half Forward Bend
Arjunahero of the Mahabharata and central figure of the Bhagavad Gita.
Asamprajnyata samadhistate in which no traces of thought are present.
Asan pointin practice is the point where after in an asana one holds the breath and the mind goes into silence.
Asanayoga movement, position, pose or posture.
Ashramaa residential place of people living together, teaching or learning yogic tradition, a dwelling of intensive yoga practice.
Ashtanga yoga1) eight fold path of yoga: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi 2) challenging yoga to build strength, flexibility, and stamina.
Ashvamedhaa Vedic ritual sacrifice.
Ashwini Mudrapractice of contracting the anal sphincter.
AstavakrasanaEight Angle Pose.
AsteyaNonstealing, one of the five yamas, or restraints, which are the first of the eight stages of classic Yoga.
Atmansoul, the individual being.
AstavakrasanaEight Angle Pose
Aumthe universal mantra, cosmic vibration of the universe, represents the four states of consciousness, Sanskrit word meaning "all" represents the omnipresence of Paramatma - also Om
AvadhutaSpirit or Mystic having moved beyond materialism or ego.
AvatarAn incarnation of God.
AyurvedaHealth Science in India

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