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antara अन्तर

inner, internal, interior, inside Antar dhauti: Internal yoga cleansing (shatkarma) techniques. Antar kumbhaka: Internal breath retention. The stage of pranayama where breath is retained after full inhalation. Antar mouna is a meditation practice, which...

anna अन्न

food, relating to food earth Annamaya kośa is the outermost of the five kosha, “the sheath of food”, the gross material body, the anatomical sheath of man.

anavasthitattva

instability, inconsistency irresoluteness 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. Anavasthitattva is one of those...

anāhata chakra / anahata chakra

Energy circle located in the heart region; also called pranic centre. The fourth of the seven chakras, energy centers. One of the meanings of the word Anāhata (अनाहत) is “produced otherwise than by beating”....

alasya आलस्य

idleness laziness, slothfulness 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. Ālasya is one of those...

akasha आकाश

ether, space sky, atmosphere Ether is one of the Panchamahabhuta, or “five elements” according to samkhya philosophy. The first four elements are earth (prithivi), water (apas), fire (tejas), and air (vayu). These are elementary...

ajna chakra

The word ajnā (आज्ञा) means ‘command’. Ajnā chakra is one of the seven energy centers. Anatomically it is the nervous plexus located behind the forehead, behind the eyebrow center and at the top of the...

ajapa japa अजपा जप

Ajapa: Mantra or formula called hamsa. Japa: Muttering prayer, repetition. Ajapa japa ist spontaneous repetition of ‘”Soham” mantra with the awareness of the flowing breath. It is a very old and important meditation practice...

ahamkāra / ahamkara अहंकार

Aham: Ego Ahamkāra: Ego, pride, egoism, conception of one’s self-identity. The definition of ahamkāra is sometimes misused in common language. Ahamkāra means ego and in yoga psychology, ego has a different meaning compared to...