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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 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 ...
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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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Is it Possible to separate Soul from body through “Yoga”

I have heard that through Yoga a person can achieve inner peace and happiness. I know that It requires lots of practice, to take actual benefit from yoga. I have also heard from plenty of sources (...
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What is Yajna, how it is different from Tapas?

What is Yajna? How it is different from Tapas? Can anyone give scriptural references which describes these two terms?
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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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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 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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What are three Sharira and their relation to five Kosha?

I heard three Sharira mentioned in some texts viz. स्थूल शरिर (Sthula Sharira) सूक्ष्म शरिर (Sukshma Sharira) कारन शरिर (Karan Sharira) Let me ask some questions about them. What are these three ...
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How old is Yoga as a form of physical and breathing exercises?

The question refers to Yoga as a form of physical exercise, breathing exercise with spiritual elements and not the word itself.
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Did ancient Yogis float in the air and what is the method to do it?

"In Ancient India Yogis used to float in the Air" I am not sure about this statement but I heard people who have more concentration (possibly through Yoga) floated wherever they wanted. My question ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Vivekananda prophesy he would die before the age of 40? Why didn't he prolong his life through yoga?

I heard that Swami Vivekananda predicted he would not live beyond 40. Is this true? What were his exact words in this regard? Also, since he was a master practitioner of yoga, what reasons (if any) ...
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Why does Adi Shankaracharya say magical powers can only be obtained through the Vedas?

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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What is Soma? Is it a drink or a metaphor for spiritual bliss or both? [duplicate]

The whole Mandala 9 of Rig-Veda is devoted to the Soma. My question set is as follows. What is Soma? What is its importance? Are there both interior as well as exterior somas? I've read about ...
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Can meditation be a substitute to sleeping?

I would like to know whether meditation can be a substitute to sleeping? I mean, can we meditate at night without sleeping? The Great Adi Sankaracharya said: The witness of the three states of ...
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What are the teachings of Sri Gorakhnath?

Gorakhnath is a famous yogi from the Nath sampradaya. He is also known as Goraksha natha. What were his main teachings? And, besides the Goraksha Samhita, what are the other main works by him?
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What is this (Yogic) posture called?

In this video the boy is performing the act of Achamanam while sitting in a particular posture. What is this Yogic posture called? Is it the MridvAsana? (Sandhi: Mridu+Asana; with Mridu meaning soft)...
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What scriptures describe the Videha and Prakritilaya states of the Yoga school?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What scriptures mention correlation between Kailasa and Sahasrara?

In the book "Autobiography of an Avadoota by Avadhoota Nadananda", author says Kailasa (mountain) literally means Sahasrara (7th Chakra which has 1000 petals and hence the name). As per Kundalini ...
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“Once Yogi, Twice Bhogi, Thrice Rogi” — What should be the number of meals per day?

There is a famous saying in Hindi, which translates to: "In a day -- A person in Yoga (Yogi - SAtvika) eats 1 time, A Consumer (Bhogi - RAjasika) eats 2 times and and a Sick (Rogi - TAmasika) ...
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What is the most authoritative book/translation on Vignana Bhairava Tantra?

Which book is the original sanskrit account of Vignana Bhairava Tantra? What is the story/events surrounding the time this Yoga method was introduced to the world? Which is the best available English ...
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After a meditator or yogi enters into samadhi state what should he concentrate at?

After a yogi enters into samadhi state by doing concentration in some object, i've heard and read that he enters into such state where all the physical sensations, sound, sight goes. And his mind ...
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What is the correct way of doing meditation?

I would like to understand what is the correct way of doing meditation according to Hinduism (esp. Vedas)? Plus: What is the right posture? What should the person concentrate on (thoughts) before and ...
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Where can I get books written by Brahmananda Saraswati?

Brahmananda Saraswati was the pontiff of jyotir math of Uttarakhand. He had taught yoga to famous personalities like Mahesh Yogi. which are the books written by him? where can I download or ...
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Hasta Mudra done with the left hand affects the right side of the body and vice versa- I need a scriptural proof for this statement

"Hasta Mudra done with the left hand affects the right side of the body and vice versa" The Yogaguru Swami Ramdev had said that once on TV while taking a Yoga class. Now, this is something that we ...
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Which philosophy is the most popular in Hinduism?

I have read in this forum that "Vedanta" if by far the most popular philosophy of Hinduism. There many who believe that the Yoga is the most popular one and there are also other philosophies based ...
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How to increase one's ojas capacity ?

The Yogis claim that of all the energies that are in the human body the highest is what they call "Ojas". Now this Ojas is stored up in the brain, and the more Ojas is in a man's head, the more ...
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What are the three Shivalingas ( Itara, Bana and Swayambhu) mentioned in some Agama texts?

In Agamas, we find the mention of three Jyotirlingas or Shiva lingas known by the names Itaralinga, BAnalinga and Swayambhu linga. For example in KulArnava Tantram Lord Shiva says: ...
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What is the difference between Meditation and Penance?

People doing Penance are in meditation posture. Meditating people are also in same posture. Penance have goals to achieve and Meditators have goals like controlling mind and thoughts,etc,... Both of ...
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Can I use Yoga for personal gain only?

Yoga means union of atma and paramatma. It's sole purpose is about spiritual. Yoga also helps in curing some disease and brings mental peace. Can I use yoga only for this reason? I mean is it selfish ...
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Lord Shiva as Adi Yogi taught Yoga to seven sages and in turn these seven sages spread across the world. Is this theory a new look to our mythology?

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is well known for his Isha Foundation and his yogic practices. He came up with a theory, a seemingly new one regarding Lord Shiva and the origin of yoga in India. According to ...
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What scriptures describe using Red Arsenic for invisibility?

Adinatha's Khechari Vidya is an early Hatha Yoga text dated to the 15th century. This excerpt from the Khechari Vidya describes various Siddhis or magical powers that can be obtained by a Yogic ...
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Rithambara Pragnya experienced by mathematician Ramanujan

Ramanujan Video RajyaSabha The above link (in epilogue, time 52 min 39secs has at the very end) while concluding it mentions a stage of "Rithambara Pragna", an attainment of a direct cognitive ...
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What herbs found on Earth give magical powers?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What magical powers are obtained from the Amalaka plant?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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How do Hindu kids see with their eyes closed?

There are plenty of videos on the Internet which show such talents of Hindu children. Example: Samyak Jain Super Wonder Kid who can read with closed eyes Human X-Ray machine: Unbelievable Eye sight ...
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Dvādashānta in which direction from the tip of the nose?

As verse 24 of Vijnabhairav Tantra says: Bhairava says: Para devi or Highest Sakti who is of the nature of visarga goes on (ceaselessly) expressing herself upward (urdhve) (from the centre of the ...
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What is a mantra? Do mantras really have any power?

How does one define a mantra? Does it have any specific attributes? Some mantras are purported to have some effect on the invoker. For example, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is supposed to bring good ...
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What is Vajroli Mudra?

I have heard lot about this mudra and its benefits and online text have different different version of it. If any one can explain me in full detail with pictures, quoting the relevant texts and ...
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Which Hindu scriptures discuss Kapāla Mokṣa?

If you ever attended a Hindu funeral or cremation, you will notice that it is customary to wait until the kapāla (skull) of the deceased cracks. I think this is taken as a sign of the deceased person'...
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Which scriptures define the science of Mudras? And what are they used for?

It would be great to also have some reference to translations (if any) in english or hindi of the scriptures which deal with the science of mudras. Also would like to know what different purpose the ...
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kamajayi mudra and it's implications on celibacy

how can I use kamajayi mudra to become a means of aid in my celibacy?can i use it in the course of simple breathing meditation..or do i have to do a separate kind of affirmation meditation?
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Does continuous Meditation generates heat from body?

If a person keeps on meditating, then a lot of heat will be generated from his/her body. Hiranyakashyapa (or some demon) was meditating then all God's couldn't bear the heat and rushed to Vishnu. Is ...
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Which Puranic Scriptures describes procedure of “Ashtanga Yoga”?

Ashtanga yoga  means "eight-limbed yoga," as described by the Maharshi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. consists of the following eight spiritual practices: 1) Yama 2) Niyama 3) Asana 4) Pranayama 5) ...
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How does a Jogi lead his life? Are “Yogi” and “Jogi” the same?

How does or How should a Jogi lead his or her live? Bhogi is voracious, rogi lives in travail and yogi is ascetic. Are both 'yogi' and 'jogi' the same?