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.
Abhasanpower of creation, the experience of having created some external visable object.
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.
Abhyantarainternal
Abhyasapractice, the act of practicing.
Acharyateacher
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.
Ahamego
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.
Akashaether or space.
Akbarthe 16th century king of Kashmir who built the famous Shalimar Gardens.
Alasyalaziness
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.
Anandabliss, ecstasy.
Anandabhatarikadivine presence governing the yamas & niyamas.
Anandamaya koshathe sheath of bliss.
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.
Annamaya koshatnatomical sheath of man.
Angamejaytatvaunsteadiness in the body.
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.
Aparigrahanongreed, nonhoarding, one of the five yamas, or restraints, which are the first of the eight stages of classical Yoga.
Ardhahalf
Ardha dhanurasanahalf bow yoga pose.
Ardha matsyendrasanahalf spinal twist yoga position.
Ardha padmasanahalf lotus pose.
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.
Asmitaego
Asteyanonstealing, one of the five yamas, or restraints, which are the first of the eight stages of classic Yoga.
Atmansoul, the individual being.
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
Avataran incarnation of God.
Avesahtrance
Avidyaignorance
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