Category: Yoga Glossary

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.