Questions tagged [yoga]

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

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Sadhana Bakthi and Bakthi Yoga

There are types of Bakthis. What is Sadhana Bakthi? Will this come under Bakthi Yoga?
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How do I control and slay indriyas (senses)?

I've recently read the 3rd chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. At the end, the following is said to get control over the indriyas (senses): इन्द्रियाणि मनो बुद्धिरस्याधिष्ठानमुच्यते । एतैर्विमोहयत्येष ...
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Meaning of Sadhana , Tapasya and Yoga (साधना ,तपस्या & योग)?

In spiritual practices of Hinduism or Adhyatma ,We often hear these three words -: 1) Sadhana 2) Tapasya 3) Yoga. My questions are -: 1) Are these terms similar or related to each other? 2) ...
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How to know which nadi is triggered at present?

The human psychic body has two types of nadis which as I know are Surya nadi and Chandra nadi. AFAIK, the nadis change automatically but one can also trigger them as needed. How to know which nadi is ...
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Which characters in Mahabharata and Mahabharata war are fit in definition of 'Yoga'

Definition of Yoga as Defined by Bhagwan Shri Krishna in Bhagwad Gita Chapter 2 verse 48 is योगस्थ कृरु कर्माणि सङ्गंत्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय | सिद्ध्यासिध्यो समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते||२.४८|| ...
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What is the most authentic form of yoga?

There are so many different practices that people call yoga. What is the most authentic in terms of being supported by Hindu scriptures?
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How to purify one's speech?

How can one purify speech? Speech or tongue is part of indriyas and mother Saraswati is the owner of it. So, how to purify one's speech?
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What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human?

While going through I found scriptures depicting about Pancha Kosha, suggesting the Atman is not just inside the physical body but is actually wrapped up in these Five Kosha. What are these Pancha ...
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What is the meaning of Avadhoota?

I came across these terminology,can someone tell me Who is called an Avadhoota ? What is the meaning of Avadhoota chintana ?
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Meaning of Citta?

The most prolific usage of the concept of 'Chittam' is in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. The word is most identified with as part of 'Shat-Chit-Anandam' meaning existance-conciousness-bliss according to ...
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About the mind's eye and the third eye in Hinduism

How are the Third eye and the Mind's eye "defined" in Hinduism? In particular, according to Hinduism, are these separate concepts or one? According to Hinduism, do only particular individuals have the ...
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Spiritual evolutionary timescale

In chapter 26 of the Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda states (paragraph 14) that, and I quote; The scriptures aver that man requires a million years of normal, diseaseless evolution ...
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Difference between Samprajnata and Asamprajnata Samadhi?

Samādhi is the highest state of consciousness that a human can reach in life. It is the goal of our spiritual journey on earth. Samadhi has been divided into two parts: Samprajnata and Asamprajnata. ...
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Is Shiva really Adi Guru of Yoga?

Is Shiva really first teacher of Yoga? How was Yoga developed?
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What Is the major benefits Of Pranayam?

Pranayama is a Nitya-karma daily activity (Kumbhaka pranayam is used in Sandhyavandana) and is major part of yoga and Hinduism. What are benefits of pranayama both medicinal and spiritual aspects.
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What are some notably difficult tapas yogis have performed in modern days?

I just learned of Shivabalayogi's tapas of meditating for 23 hours a day for eight years. And 12 hours a day for two more years. That is the most notable tapas I have heard of. What are some other ...
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What is the relationship between spiritual path, sectarian affiliation, and ascetic mode?

What is the relationship between spiritual path, sectarian affiliation, and ascetic mode?
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How does one differentiate between Bhakti and Bhakti Yoga?

The Bhagavad Gita which is part of Mahabharata is elucidation of Tattva, Hita and purushartha by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. It talks about various aspects like Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti yoga and ...
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Astangik Yoga: How does perception occur in humans?

How does perception occur in humans and what is the advantage of retention? EDIT: Perception and retention are related to dharana (concentration of the mind) which is part of Astangik Yoga. It is ...
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How does one practice contentment?

Contentment (santosha) is one of the five niyamas in yoga. How does one actively practice contentment? Is it through meditation on certain feelings or something else? The other niyamas (cleanliness, ...
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Difference between Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samyama, Samāpatti, Samādhi and Kaivalyam

One can come across these terms in the Patanjali Yoga sutras and the Tantra texts. I want the exact definition of each of the above, difference(subtle or obvious) between them and examples to ...
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Yoga Sutra by Jaimini?

I have heard that there are treatises on Yoga from Rishis other than Patanjali and one of them is from Rishi Jaimini. Is this true? What are the other Yoga treatises available today and is there any ...
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Do Vedas teach Yogasana? If so, what are the good sources to learn it?

As the question states, do Vedas teach Yogasana? If so, what are the good sources to learn the asanas?
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what are the actual consequences of kundalini yoga?

I have been reading about Kundalini yoga and have realized that though people consider the Kundilini arousal state to be the consequence of spiritual enlightenment, the after-effects of this arousal ...
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Does Kundlini power chakra exist?

I have heard about Kundlini powers but nobody talks about these powers on a public platform nor have I ever heard about these powers by any religious guru or Yogi. I am curious to know if Kundlini ...
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Some more questions on the Atman

This is a third question in a series of questions essentially about being able to see the Atman. In the previous question I basically asked if being able to see (experience) the divinity of the Atman ...
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How to feel pain or happiness of other beings in true form?

I'm a truth seeker and because Hinduism has brought me closer to the truth I'd like to ask a question that is important to me. My being is calmer with yoga and meditation, but a question has popped ...
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More questions on the Ajna chakra, and the Atman

I post some further questions in continuation of the question About the mind's eye and the third eye in Hinduism: I understand from @SwamiVishwananda's answer to the first question that the Ajna ...
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Yogic techniques to meditate for an indefinite period of time without any needs?

Are there any references in Vedas or Yogic scriptures about techniques for meditation. We keep hearing how Siddha Yogis are able to meditate constantly without attending the needs of the physical body....
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How to plan your own spiritual path [closed]

In this times It is really energy consuming to learn from different organization or modern man about spiritual guidence and to have all the time this filter in the head filtering the nonsense and ...
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What is Vaak shudddi?

What is Vaak shudddi ? How does one achieve it ? and Why is it important ? I am looking for some literature references
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Why yoga discourages cold water bath in the morning but many hindus do it as a part of their devotion/purification?

Texts like Gherenda Samhita discourage activities like fasting, taking bath in the morning, long travel(pilgrimage) etc which are in opposition with what other worships recommend. Why is that?
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Why many worships, pujas and even yoga recommend sleeping on the floor?

Please cite texts from where you write something as well if possible.
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The true meaning of forgive & forget [closed]

I want to know what is true meaning for forgive & forget. How can one truly understand the meaning of this words.
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What does veda have to say about yoga-marga?

I would Like to mention/recommend that If you are a vedagya-वेदज्ञ(A person who studied vedic samhitas and now knows about everything written in them)then only answer my question. I was reading Shiva-...
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Difference between Siddhas meditating on demigods and on Supreme Being?

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna said.. yajante sattvika devan yaksa-raksamsi rajasah pretan bhuta-ganams canye yajante tamasa janah Men in the mode of goodness worship the demigods; those in ...
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How did Yoga develop into a religious practice?

I find that yoga is one of the most relaxing and powerful activities I can do for myself, yet how exactly did yoga become yoga?
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How does a yogi creates a new physical body?

As I am going through Autobiography of a Yogi Chapter -3 The Saint With Two Bodies which is suggested by one of our SE fellow Bhrahmagnani in one of his comment to my question. Which tells about ...
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Astanga yoga never talks about theism. Is it agnostic philosophy?

While Astanga yoga speaks much about reality and nature is much detailed fashion , I hardly see any reference that can qualify theism. Is it an agnostic philosophy or I am just getting it all wrong?
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What exactly happens to Prarabhdha karma while performing “Yoganidra” in Meditation?

I came across a term "Yoganidra" in one of spiritual book. And I came to know that "Yoganidra" can experience during Meditation. My questions are: What is the meaning of "Yoganidra"? Are there any ...
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Role of meditation and yoga in Hinduism & differences from Buddhist meditative practices

Could someone explain to me: What is the role of yoga & meditation in Hinduism - what is its purpose and relation to God? And how is Hinduism's yoga/meditation practice and purpose different ...
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What is the difference between Surya nadi and Chandra nadi?

This question is extend of my previous question. There are beliefs that some works should be done only when we have Surya nadi and other works should be done in Chandra nadi. Is the specific works ...
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Correct way of Surya namaskar?

It is stated in Hindu scriptures that every Hindu must do Surya Namaskar. But I am not sure how to do it? I always do Namaskar by facing towards east. As far as I know, there are 12 steps for Surya ...
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Is yoga a part of Hinduism?

Many people use mantras while doing yoga. Does that mean that yoga is a part of Hinduism? If yes, does the inclusion of yoga in Hinduism have a basis in Hindu texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, etc.?