What does it mean?

A SHORT LIST OF IMPORTANT YOGA TERMS

Asana

a physical posture or pose in yoga, for example: Trikonasana or Triangle Pose. Asana is the third of the eight practices of yoga as proposed by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.

Bandha

a physical lock or constriction of energy in the body, for example: Uddiyana Bandha or Upward Lock of the abdomen

Chakras

seven energy centers aligned along the spine beginning with Muladhara Chakra or Root Chakra at the base of the spine and ending with Sahasrara Chakra or Crown Chakra at the crown of the head

Drishti

a focal point where you can fix the gaze to help you to balance 

Hatha Yoga

the physical dimension of yoga, self-realization through the body. HA means "sun" and THA means "moon", so the name reflects the balancing and unifying aspect of yoga.

Mantra

a sacred word, syllable, or phrase that changes the internal energy of the meditator and the energy of the environment. Mantras can be chanted silently or aloud. Common mantras invoke the qualities or grace of a particular deity to effect changes in one’s life (e.g. Om Nanah Shivaya to invoke Shiva). You can use, however, any word that summons what you need at the moment, for example “peace”.

Mudra

a physical seal created by the body, often with the hands, to enhance energy flow, for example: Anjali Mudra or prayer hands

Namaste

a Hindu greeting which roughly translated means "The Divinity within me honors the Divinity within you."

Om

Om is a seed mantra, a one syllable sound that has no exact meaning but instead invokes an experience of unity with the universe. Om is considered the universal sound, the primal sound from which the universe emanates. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which make the sound Aum or Om. Some traditions consider the silence following to be the fourth sound.

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Prana

the life source, breath

Pranayama

breath control, control and/or expansion of the breath or life force, for example: Dirgha Pranyama or Three-Part Yogic Breath. Pranayama is the fourth of the eight practices of yoga as proposed by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.

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