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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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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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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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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 the reason behind Gita favoring the SAtvika way over others?

Usually people who have read Gita, would say that NishKAma Karma is the way of "Karma yoga". Numerous verses suggest that, NishkAma Karma is SAtvika way of life. SakAma karma is RAjasika way & ...
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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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Where is the Manipura Chakra located?

I read in different sources about different locations of the manipura chakra. Two finger-width under the navel, secondly the navel and thirdly the solar plexus with is two or three finger width above ...
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Everything about Bhuta Shuddhi

There is a GREAT talk of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev about an important yoga practice: Bhuta Shuddhi, and I want to know more about this practice. Is it ok to do this process alone (if no, why not)? Who ...
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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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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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Who or What was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? Why was he silent about his past lives?

Who (or what) was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? This answer to Why don't we remember our past lives? says: Swami Vivekananda said he remembered all his past lives. Patanjali says in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do any scriptures mention which yoga asanas should be performed everyday?

Do Patanjali's yoga aphorisms or any other scriptures mention anything about which yoga asanas we should practice everyday?
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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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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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What are the shodashAdhAras the first six of which are the shatchakras?

Here is a mention of the shodahAdhAras or the sixteen adharas ( adhara means base). ShadadvAnam ShadAdhAram ShodasAdhAranirnayam | Yo JAnAthi VidhAnena Sa Guruh Kathitha Priye || [Lord Shiva ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Reference to the 7 chakras in Hinduism

Where are the details about the 7 chakras mentioned in Hindu scriptures? What is their significance?
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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 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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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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Vision of one's own self or pratika darshan

In Swami Muktananda's autobiography, "Play of Consciousness" he refers to having visions of himself in one short chapter. I began to have a new experience. As the lights appeared in meditation, ...
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Which Shaivite sect believes God is the operator of the Universe but not the source?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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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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If Hindus can't kill animals, how do they get tiger carpets?

I read some Yoga books, and saw Swami Sivananda saying to not kill animals, but himself can be found in a photo making asana over a tiger's skin carpet, even pictures of Lord Shiva show him over a ...
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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 a prana?

Does flora - trees, flowers, earth contain prana? Is this a cosmic energy that is set in earth and nature? Do living organisms contain that energy? Can it heal or give you its power?
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Why are Gods and Yogis shown sitting on animals skins?

It can be observed that many Hindu Gods and saints are shown sitting on animal (tiger) skins. What could be the reason behind this?
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Yogic liberation like raising kundalini vs Bhakti path

I read that by raising kundalini the serpent power to crown chakra , one can attain state of samadhi , which leads to liberation. My question is , how exactly this liberation compares with 6 type of ...
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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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How to practice meditation to increase Ojas capacity?

The Yogis and many books like those of Sivananda swami say that practicing pranayam and meditation, one can become more ojasvi day by day. Coming to meditation, what and how should it be done ? There ...
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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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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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Is Iyengar Yoga really based on Nathamuni's Yoga Rahasya?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...