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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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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:/...
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What is the view of Vedanta sect on yoga and sankhya?

I have heard that in the vedanta sutras there is some criticism about yoga and sankhya sects. However in geeta we find that yoga is the main.subject and there are also chapters like sankhya yoga. ...
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Sequence of Pranayaama before meditation

Can anyone suggest the right sequence of the following: Anuloma viloma Pranayam, Bhastrika pranayaam, Kapalbhati pranayaam, Nadi sodhana pranayaam.
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How does Swami Vivekananda intepret the Brahma Sutras' criticism of the Yoga school?

Brahma Sutras criticises the Yoga school in Adhyaya 2, Pada 1, Sutras 1&2: Topic-1: Conflict with Smriti If it be argued (that from the acceptance of Brahman as the cause of the ...
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Daily practice of a Kundalini yogi

What are the daily rituals/practices to be performed by an already Kundalini activated person.
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How far does the Swadhisthana chakra extend?

I understand that the Swadhisthana chakra is located in the sacral region. Does it encompass the whole hip or only the small space of a circumference of maybe 2-3 centimeters?
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Has Swami Vivekananda discussed regarding the refutation of Yoga Darshana in Vedanta Sutras?

For many times I have this question in my mind. Me and my father (who believes in Yoga from yonghood) often debates on which is the ultimate way to be followed between the Upanishads and Raja Yoga. ...
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Do Sankhya and Yoga differ on number of Purushas?

Does the Yoga system, unlike the Sankhya, admit to only one purusa?
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Are there ways to count tithis that differs from traditional astrology?

Are there some text (specially tantras, agamas, nigamas, others) which explain how to count tithi in a different way to Vedic Jyotish? Traditionally, fortnight start day after purnima (full moon) or ...
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Description of 7 bhumikas of Patañjala Yoga Sutras

In Patañjala Yoga Sutras II.27, there is stated that tasya saptadhā prānta-bhūmiḥ prajña In his case the highest stage of Enlightenment is reached by seven stages. So my question is, which ...
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What are the differences among Hath Yoga vs Kriya Yoga vs Raja Yoga?

Often these terms are used in same context & create confusion. May be 2 of them are synonymous. What are the difference among them? Extra Qn: PrANAyAma of today's time, made famous by modern day ...
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What is the distinction between yoga as Astika vs Nastika?

There are 6 orthodox (astikas) darshanas, very good explained in Keshav question here. At same time, yoga is based mostly on agamas or tantras, and other kind of writtings: Trika philosophy have ...
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Book recommendation for koormayoga

Koormayoga refers to the practice of withdrawing the senses like a 'Koorma' aka tortoise withdraw its legs into the shell. This withdrawing of senses is very important for a yoga sadhak at least in ...
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Is there hasta khechari mudrA?

It is known that khechari mudra is related to higher yogic practice. But is there a hand mudra called khechari as well apart with the actual mudra?
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What is anAhata nAda?

Its an important part of spiritual sadhana. What is it fundamentally ? How it's related to spiritual progress ?
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How Yoga and Samkhya school of Hindu philosophy are related?

How Yoga and Samkhya school of Hindu philosophy are related? I know that Samkhya and Yoga schools are closely related. But I can not understand one thing. Samkhya is an atheistic school, whereas Yoga ...
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What is Yoga according to Bhagavad Gita?

What is the meaning of Yoga according to Gita? Is there different types of Yoga? Significance of the word "Yoga" used many times in Bhagavat Gita?
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Why are graves called samadhi?

Wikipedia describes samadhi as Samadhi (Sanskrit: समाधि, Hindi pronunciation: [səˈmaːd̪ʱi]), also called samāpatti, in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and yogic schools refers to a state of ...
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Impurities that were part of our body

I was reading some where that before meditation we should make sure that the place is clean of impurities like hair, dust and all unwanted things so my question is why do entities like hair, saliva, ...
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Nine gates of a human body?

I somewhere read: A jyoti mudra technique that is taught to Kriya Yogis has for its purpose the making manifest the light (jyoti) of the spiritual eye by "closing of the nine gates of the body,"...
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What are the basic rules for Nirahara Samyama?

I read some where that Vedic science even gives us the choice of living without food. This can be achieved through a yogic process called Nirahara Samyama by which we learn to awaken our bio memory to ...