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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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How does the Vaishnava commentators interpret 'NAda-Upasana' prescribed in Srimad-Bhagavatam?

Srimad-Bhagavatam is treated as a scripture praising Lord Hari and showing the path of Devotion. The 12th Canto (Chapter 6, Slokas 37-38) advise the anAhata-nAda upasana as a way of reaching the ...
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Sadhguru says, Teachings of Yoga and breathing as Inner Engineering [closed]

Sadhguru claims his teaching of Yoga and other breathing practices as Inner Engineering. I wonder if that can be called a Engineering. Shouldn't all engineering claims be based of science and ...
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Raja/Hatha yogi or yoginis mukthi should be through brahmarandhra?

Is it mentioned anywhere in the scripture that Yogis and Yoginis who follow Hath/Raja yoga mukthi should be through brahmarandhra/sahasrara? If there is no sign should we conclude that they will be ...
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Can someone explain this Mudra being done by Ramakrishna Paramhansa in Samadhi?

"Ramakrishna in bhava samadhi at the house of Keshab Chandra Sen. He is seen supported by his nephew Hriday and surrounded by brahmo devotees." Can any scholar here, identify this hand Mudra done ...
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Can Moksha be achieved through Bhakti towards a physical object?

I am looking for any scriptural sources relating to whether Bhakti towards a lover, a king, a country, or a physical idol can lead to Moksha by itself, or does one need to have Bhakti for the formless ...
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What are the contributions of all seven disciples of Adiyogi?

Please explain the contributions of all seven disciples of Adiyogi and what were their identity in western world . Kindly answer with available proofs.
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Is a chakra a supernatural invisible thing, or a symbol for something natural?

I'm western and skeptical. I was born in a spiritualist family where the concept of chakras were used as being a part of spiritual body. But for spiritualists the term "spiritual" is something ...
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Is Dharma unreal in Vedanta?

This source (page 214 (5)), which is also cited in the Wikipedia page for Dharma, says : In the Yoga system the dharma is real; in the Vedanta it is unreal (vivarta). What does this mean in the ...
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How does giving up food and water help yogis?

I would like to understand the fundamental reason behind giving up food and water by some yogis: What exactly happens to the physical body, mental body or energy body by such actions? If that has a ...
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What exactly do we mean by the term 'deep meditation'?

When we say that a person is in deep meditation then what exactly do we mean: Is the person still aware of what is going around him, like he can hear the various sounds be it anything? He is not ...
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As per hinduism, does life span of human depends on his respiratory breaths?

According to hinduism life span of every individual human depends on his respiratory breaths?
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Which tantric books illustrate Chakras, nadis, deities in body of purusha?

Which tantric books contain traditional detailed illustrations of Chakras, nadis, as well as deities (both vedic 33, puranic including numerous various names/Manifestations of deities) located on/in ...
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does all three bodies cease to exist in turiya?

does all three bodies cease to exist/merge with brahman in turiya state? If so, is it not possible for astral travel or projection since subtle body no longer exists, but merges with brahman?
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Which saints or Yogis from history are recorded to have done Parakaya Pravesha successfully?

Parakaya Pravesha is an advanced level Yogic Siddhi (accomplishment) obtained by certain adept Yogis. By virtue of which these Yogis can enter other's bodies. Adi Shankaracharya mastered this Siddhi ...
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Scriptures other than the Hata Yoga Pradipika containing asanas

chapter I of Hata Yoga Pradipika lists out the following 15 different types of asanas along with details Swastika-âsana, Gomukha-âsana, Vîrâsana, Kurmâsana, Kukkuṭa âsana, Uttâna ...
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Can a lady undergoing menstruation period do yoga?

I heard that a lady undergoing menstruation should not do yoga. My doubt is can a lady during her menstruation do yoga or not? If no then after how many days she can be able to do yoga? If yes, ...
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Regarding Impurities in the Nâdis before starting Hatha Yoga

Consider the first paragraph from the introduction of Hatha Yoga Pradipika There exists at present a good deal of misconception with regard to the practices of the Haṭha Yoga. People easily ...
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What is the Yoga shastra of Dattatreya?

Dattatreya, who is said to be avatar of Tridev, was born in 10th Treta yuga of the current Vaivasvara Manvantra and is believed to have acquired the knowledge of Yoga. In his history, there was no ...
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Do humans breathe 21600 times in a day according to the Yoga sastra?

I came to know that a human breathes 21,600 times per day according to Yoga sastra. Which shloka explicitly states it?
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Which Pancharatra text describes Yogam?

Recently while discussing about practice of meditation, I heard that there are five daily activities called Pancakāla Prakriyā which are Abhigamanam, Upadanam, Ijyai, Svadhyayam, and Yogam followed by ...
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Is Hatha Yoga Pradipika an authentic hindu text?

Is Hatha Yoga Pradipika an authentic Hinduism text as Pathanjali Yoga Sutras, Vivekananda Raja Yoga etc.,?
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Can one sit in a Yogic posture (Asana) when not performing spiritual activities like meditation?

Can one sit in an asana (e.g. half-lotus / full lotus) in a non-meditative context such as when using the computer / browsing the internet? Or is it an offense? I tried to search online but found ...
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Is turiya the ultimate state? [duplicate]

Is turiya the ultimate state of pure consciousness void of senses, dreams, that is to say, are all siddhis such as ability to become light/float, divine, inner, cosmic visions, insights, automatically ...
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How naga sadhus reach to kumba mela place? [closed]

I have read this in a facebook post, I felt it as a puzzle and thought to ask here. We all know that naga sadhus won't wear cloths, but how they reach to kumba mela place? If those many people are ...
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What is angamardana yoga system?

I would like to know specific details about angamardana yoga. Things I am interested in knowing about it are: Basic info about angamardana system for a beginner. Postures/poses associated with it. ...
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Is this a form of meditation?

When I was younger, I used to sit in class during silent reading time and glance at all the faces around me and ask repetitively and quietly, "What am I, Where am I, Who am I?" After a few minutes, ...
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What are the main differences between pranotthana and kundalini?

I have basic understanding of what the Kundalini Shakti is but there is another energy that starts from mooladhara and ascends the spinal cord via pingala nadi, it is known as pranotthana. My ...
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Scripture for Ashwini Mudra

In which scripture Ashwini mudra is mentioned? Ashwini mudra is a beginner yoga technique that involves contracting the anal sphincter in a rhythmic way in order to direct prana (life force energy) ...
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What is Kayakalpa?

I would like to understand more about Kaya Kalpa, is it some type of Ayurvedic treatment or some sort of yogic practice? What I do understand is that it can actually reverse the physical degeneration ...
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Awakening of Kundalini is possible without mentor/guru?

I have read much about Kundalini in yoga. There are few yoga postures for awakening the kundalini. Without these yoga postures and without a guru, is it possible to get the experience of awakening of ...
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Before taking Samadhi Dnyaneshwar did follow Ashtangyoga?

Ashtangyoga contains 8 parts in yoga. Ashta means 8. Ashtangyoga - Yam Niyam Aasan Pranayam Pratyahar Dharana Dhyan Samadhi These are eight parts of Ashtangyoga. The saint Dnyaneshwar has taken ...
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Are all Samadhis are required in order OR can be practiced irrespective of each other? [closed]

In Yog sutra Patanjali mentioned 10 types of samadhis : Seems all are related and are inter-related to each other. So questions arise in my mind are: Is there any text that suggest the order in ...
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Have there been any non-Vedantic commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita?

The Bhagavad Gita is considered one of the key principal text in the Vedanta school along with the Mukhya Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras. There have been many commentators on the text by members of ...
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How a devotee of God leaves his body for Moksha?

Our body is city of 9 gates. My question is how a devotee leaves a body and is different from a Yogi who quits his body for Moksha. Generally in Tantric Yoga it is said one whose soul exits through ...
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Why is Yoga called union when it is the mind that actually dissolves?

It is said that Mind is simply a bundle of thoughts and the patanajali yoga sutras says "yogachittavritiinirodha". Since the thought process is restrained through meditation and ego is dissolved,veil ...
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How does the Yogi Remember his previous births?

The Yogi has the knowledge of all incarnations. How does he dissolve the veils of separation from one incarnation to the next?
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Is the Sri Yantra a cool geometric configuration or a configuration of keys that enables Tantric practicioners to yoke with Atman [duplicate]

Sri Yantra The Sri Yantra image is an iconic symbol that is believed to have the ability to transcend the veils of separation between the phenomenal world and the noumenal world. How is this yoke ...
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In the lectures by Swami Vivekananda on “Raja Yoga”, Why is there no mention of 'Ajna'?

In the following lecture snippet, the term 'Ajna' is missing; but I am not sure, why? Is there any specific reason, for which he did not mention it? To open that Suṣumnâ is the prime object of the ...
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How does alberuni's translation of patanjali's yoga sutras differ from traditional yoga sutras?

Wikipedia says that there is difference between the translation of alberuni and actual text. While some changes were introduced by alberuni because of Islam, How is the philosophy of both different?
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What is the meaning of “renunciation of fruit/result of actions”?

BG in 12.12 says śreyo hi jñānam abhyāsāj jñānād dhyānaḿ viśiṣyate dhyānāt karma-phala-tyāgas tyāgāc chāntir anantaram “...better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action.....
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What is the physical location of the chakras? [duplicate]

Where exactly are the chakras located ? If one is to visualise and meditate on a chakra, where in the spine are the chakras ? If looking at the spine's 3-D image, are the chakras located ...
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Is there any prerequisite for practicing Pranayama?

There are 8 component of yoga by Patanjali. Yamas Niyama Āsana Prānāyāma Pratyāhāra Dhāranā Dhyāna Samādhi I want to start Pranayama(e.g. Bhastrika, Kapal Bhati, Anulom Vilom etc.) so should I ...
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Which scripture or book is the origin of the Surya Namaskara asanas?

In which scripture (not of Kaliyuga), Surya Namaskara (12 steps asana) is mentioned? I have checked Hatha yoga Pradipika and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, but nowhere Surya Namaskara is mentioned. I have ...
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What are steps for following karma yoga (in all aspects of life)?

What are " 'detailed' all the steps of step wise approach" for achieving/following karma yoga (in all the aspects of life) ?
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What are steps for following gyan yoga or gyan marga?

Is there any difference between gyan yoga and gyan marga? please tell the steps for gyan marga. whether remembering sanskrit shloka and references itself is also part of this, or reading scriptures ...
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How exactly did Swami Vivekananda die?

Wikipedia says: On 4 July 1902 (the day of his death) Vivekananda awoke early, went to the monastery at Belur Math and meditated for three hours. He taught Shukla-Yajur-Veda, Sanskrit grammar and ...
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Are BG 8.23 - 8.26 interpolations?

From here: O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, the yogī does or does not come back. 8.23 Those who know the ...
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What are the symbolisms associated with the fingers of the hands?

I read somewhere recently that with your palm facing you and going clockwise (anti-clockwise if left hand), starting from the middle finger, the Panchabhuta in order of creation are represented. To be ...
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in yoga , Isvara(God) has been defined as पुरुषविशेष(SpecialSelf). What does that mean- Is it creator God or not?

Patanjali defines Isvara (Sanskrit: ईश्वर) in verse 24 of Book 1, as "a special Self (पुरुषविशेष, puruṣa-viśeṣa)", क्लेश कर्म विपाकाशयैःपरामृष्टः पुरुषविशेष ईश्वरः ॥२४॥ – Yoga ...
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What is the view of shankara vedantins on kundalini yoga?

There is a book which deals with spiritual pursuit of one of the pontiff of the sringeri sankara mutt He has discussed his experiences on various subjects including kundalini yoga in this book http:/...