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Yoga (Sanskrit: योग) are the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind.

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What are the reference from the vedas about Yuga, Manvantara and Kalpa? [duplicate]

There are 4 yugas and 1 yuga cycle is 43,200,000 years. Satya Yuga equals 1,728,000 Human years Treta Yuga equals 1,296,000 Human years Dvapara Yuga equals 864,000 Human years Kali Yuga equals 432,000 ...
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Differences in Yogic Virtues

What are the main differences between these yogic virtues: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi.
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Can the existence of God be understood through yoga?

Are the metaphysical truths of Hinduism achievable through the different techniques of Yoga (like breath meditation) without any preconceived notions or are we to rationally believe in them first and ...
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what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and karma yoga?

what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and Karma yoga? I know that both paths are almost the same, I mean both motives are the way to salvation I want to know what is the major difference between ...
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Mantras, Initiation and Practice

In the book that I read recently (Mantram Handbook by Eknath Easwaran), he advises that one should repeat the mantram silently, whenever the mind is free, in day to day instances also, like waiting in ...
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Is it possible to live like in Krita Yuga [Satya Yuga] for an individual, despite being in Kali Yuga?

Being inspired by this very extensive answer: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/9205/22667 to a question about Yugas, I would like to know if, applying all the human efforts and energies to sadhana ...
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What is Vayu Siddhi and how to attain it? Are siddhis necessary for Moksha achievement?

Reading the Samhita of Shiva and some other recommendations of the Swami Sivananda Saraswaati, I came across the term vayu siddhi. The English translation roughly explains what it is but I wish to ...
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Non-decaying property of Yogi body after death

It is well-known that the body of Paramahamsa Yogananda, after his death, did not decay like any other dead body. And we can read it from here. Are there any other instances from either history or ...
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Is there any yoga which helps in levitation and disappearing?

Is there any yoga that helps in levitation and disappearing? Heard enough stories about this that Baba Yogis do it in Himalayas but without any proofs. What type of Yogis are they? Are they referred ...
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Is exhibiting siddhis a sin?

There are many yoga siddhis in scriptures: Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Isitva, Vasitva. I wonder why no yogi exhibit them. I heard several reasons. But I don't know whether there ...
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evidence siloka that four YOGAs for self realization

Namaste (^o^),I need an evidence siloka that four YOGAs such as Bhakti,Karma,Gyana and Astanga are 4 principle margas for self realization.Thank you.
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Rishis, Sadhus performing meditation, penance poses

As we watch the Holy epic Mahabharata, we see Sadhus, Rishis and even the asuras performing meditation and penance (Tapasya) poses for years as a example standing on one leg with two hands folded (...
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Does all yogas include chakras and kundalini awakening?

Does all the yogic traditions like bhakti yoga, kriya yoga, karma yoga...etc involve the concepts of chakras, kundalini and siddhis based on the scriptures?
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Can one use right leg for siddhasana

Hatha yoga pradipika contains posture details of Siddhasana as follows Press firmly the heel of the left foot against the perineum, and the right heel above the male organ. With the chin pressing on ...
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How are Siddhis related to Chakras?

How are (ashta) Siddhis related with Chakras and kundalini? What are the powers one can gain by mastering chakras and kundalini ? Is there any scriptural basis for these?
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Does yoga support raw food over cooked food?

According to yoga scriptures, is intake of raw food recommended over cooked food?
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Focusing on breath with eyes gazed upwards: which meditation technique is this?

I have read many meditation techniques. But somehow, when it comes to practice, I tend to mix some of the things. I don't know whether the practice I do is correct or not, so need guidance on it. This ...
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jñāna-yoga and dhyāna-yoga

Namaskar to all saintly ladies and gentlemen I'd like to know about jñāna-yoga. Do jñāna-yogīs meditate? If they practice dhyāna-yoga, what do they meditate upon? Is there any siloka how and what ...
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How can one know whether the state I am going into or I was in, was a deep sleep or meditation while doing Dhyana?

The most common posture adopted for doing meditation is sitting holding chest, neck and head tight in a straight line. As suggested by Swami Vivekananda in Raja Yoga: But the main part of the ...
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Who was the Yoga Guru of Swami Vivekananda?

I know that Swami Vivekananda's Mantra Guru was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. But this is about his Yoga Guru (if he had any). In Hinduism the importance Guru is paramount. Swami Vivekananda himself ...
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Practices for Focus, Concentration, Memory?

Any Mantra, Yantra, Yoga for Focus, Concentration, Memory... Which concept should I look into, If I want to know more about, Focus, Concentration and Memory in Hinduism
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Does anyone have a Bhela Samhita Sankrit to english/hindi translation online?

I have tried to find it , but only came cross books which are costly to buy on amazon. Does someone has english version available online
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Is Yudhistira a Yogi?

Pandavas, along with Draupadi, at the end of the Mahabharata, traveled through Himalayas. It should be remembered that they travelled through Yoga. Consider the following excerpt Vaishampayana said: &...
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Is there any method to reduce belly fat and flatten your stomach? [closed]

Is there any shortest and easiest way to reduce weight. Please suggest to me. Thanks in Advanced.
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Is there any interdependence between asanas and pranayamas?

Asana is a prerequisite for Pranayama. There are several types of Pranayama and Asana. Is the effect same in the following two cases Doing any type Pranayama with any Asana Doing a particular type ...
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Is there a mantra to destroy negative energies before taking food or drink?

Is there a mantra to destroy or neutralise influence of negative energies(ie:germs, microbes, bacteria, krimi, ghosts etc in food/drink) before taking food or drink to mouth? Does chanting gayatri ...
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What is yoga samadhi?

What does yoga samadhi mean? Are there still any people who are capable of doing yoga samadhi? Does yoga samadhi mean that a person can go into samadhi on a pre-chosen date? How much time does it ...
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Fear and negative thoughts [closed]

I do everything: pooja and Pranayam, but still I always get negative thoughts. It always seems that only bad things will happen with me. I do read sunder kand daily. Please advise. why it is like ...
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Origin for six ways to make chitta pleasant

Consider the following six ways to achieve pleasant Chitta quickly Ekantha vaso (Being alone) Laghu bojanadi (Taking enough food) Mounam (Maintaining silence) Nirasa (Lessening desires) ...
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What is the authentic Nishpatthi (Etymology) of Samadhi?

According to Wikipedia, Various interpretations for the term's etymology are possible: sam, "together"; a, "toward"; stem of dadhati, "puts, places": "a putting or joining together;" sam, ...
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What are the benefits of wearing lot of rudraksha mala [duplicate]

What are the benefits of wearing lot of rudraksha Mala like these aghori babas? Does wearing lot of rudraksha Mala strengthens aura, more rudraksha Mala, more energetic immune aura?
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Can a sacred cow transmit shaktipat?

Can a sacred cow transmit shaktipat or only humans can do it? If so, another animals can do it?
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concept of runanubandha

Runanubandha is the physical memory that a person carries within himself. I think most of the information about this issue is given by Jaggi Vasudev. I am intrigued by this topic and want to know in ...
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What are the main philosophical differences between Yoga and Samkhya Darshanas?

Samkhya and Yoga are one of the six Astika Darshanas of thoughts in Sanatana Dharma (the other four being Nyaya, Vedanta, Mimamsa and Vaisheshika). Both Darshanas are said to very closely related. ...
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Mantra Lekhan (Writing) and its relevance in Vaishnavism

What is Mantra Lekhan or Mantra Writing? Please provide references from the scriptures for this practice.
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Into which vritti does the swapna avastha fall into?

Chitta has five vrittis. Praman, viparya, vikalpa, nidra and smriti. Nidra and praman vrittis do not contain a Swapna state. And I'm believing that the Swapna state does not fall into viparya also. ...
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Which sayings or Sutras is Vyasa referring in his commentary on Yogasutras of Patanjali?

(After reading Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda log ago) I have recently started reading Vyasa Bhashya on Yogasutras of Patanjali. I have noticed that Vyasa is many-times quoting some texts in his ...
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How to attain siddhis? [duplicate]

Is there any source that contains description of methods or mantra sadhana to attain all the siddhis? Such as x samyama for x siddhi, or methods of worshipping a yantra or deity for x siddhi? Do ...
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Is yoga an independent philosophy as classified in shad-darshan? or was it later incorporated in Tantra? or is it a part of tantra itself?

There is a separate school in Āstika tradition of Sanatana dharma as "Yoga". Also, the tantrik texts consists a section as Yoga itself. So how does the yoga as mentioned in Shad-Darshana differs from ...
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Which occurs first: Rememberance of past lives or kundalini reaching Sahasrara?

It is well known that an yogi, whose Kundalini reached Sahasrara has capability of remembering all his/her previous lives. But which one occurs first? I mean whether the capability of remembering past ...
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Does Goloka have any scriptural interpretation in yoga parlance?

Goloka is a place where Radha and Krishna reside. It is mentioned across many scriptures. Is there any interpretation of Goloka in yoga?
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Is there a dilution in YOGA by new age gurus? [closed]

Is the the current form in which Yoga is being propounded (stripped of metaphysical aspects) distortion of Patanjali rishi's teachings? If Yes, then is yoga as a physical practice amoral and neutral ...
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Yogic/Tantra practice providing ability to control body temperature

Tony Buzan in his book Make the Most of Your Mind relates the story of an Indian Yogi, Swami Rama, who in a lab experiment was able to willfully change the temperature of a spot on his right hand. ...
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Differences between Samadhi and Nirvana

I have a few years practising meditation and kriya Yoga but still don't know whats the difference between Samadhi and Nirvana, for me are like the same concept but in different religion. ¿Is it ...
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Is there any scriptural ( Vedic or Puranic ) reference for all matter coming from Akasha and Prana?

In Raja Yoga, page number 26, Swami Vivekananda says this: At the beginning of creation there is only this Akaca; at the end of the cycle, the solids, the liquids, and the gases all melt into ...
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Does god appear in visible form to eyes while granting boon?

There are numerous incidents in scriptures where God or goddesses appear to a devotee after performing penance (tapasya) on the name of that particular God or particular goddesses inorder to ask for ...
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Is there a sequence or order to perform Shatkarmas?

In the yoga, as a physical body cleansing mechanism, we have Shatkarmas - 6 kriyas. Namely - Neti, Douti, Nauli, Basti, Kapalabhathi Pranayama, Trataka. I would like to know is there a order in ...
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What is the difference between yoga and yogasana?

We keep people using the terms "Yoga" and "Yogasana" interchangeably. Are they synonym? If not, what is the difference between the two?
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Chest breath or stomach breath while doing yoga, pranayama and meditation?

Lot of gurus preach to take breath in chest, in this process chest will expand and stomach will shrink while inhaling. They give reason that lungs have oxygen absorbing capacity so we should breath to ...
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Astral projection question [duplicate]

Where is method to astral projection (sookshma sharira,) described, is there any mudra/Asana to help simulate astral projection, mentioned?

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