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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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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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Difference between meditating in padmasana Vs shavasana?

I understand after going through few posts here that even though shavasana is not a preferred posture for meditation as the person may fall off to sleep, hence padmasana/siddhasana is the best asana. ...
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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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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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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 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 purpose of Karma Yoga? Is it mandatory for everyone to do?

What is the purpose of Karma Yoga. What does it do? Is it compulsory for everyone who is worker to do it? Can any work be done as karma yoga?
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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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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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What are some breathing techniques or pranayama mentioned by Vivekananda

I was going through the book, "Raj Yoga" by vivekanada, and i found a breathing technique, where he mentions that the practitioner should inhale for 4 beats, hold the breath for 8, and exhale for 4 ...
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Is Maricha a yogi?

Maricha in Ramayana becomes deer. Is it due to his power of yoga? If not, how he attains such body?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Classification of yoga in Hinduism

Is there any classification in Yoga? If yes, what are the names of different types of yogas along with further classifications?
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For normal people, is a guru needed or recommended to get Raja Yoga?

Consider the following excerpt from the preface of Raja-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda In the first part some simple and specific directions are given for the student who want to practise, but all ...
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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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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 it possible to do bad deeds without sense of doership?

So I think I get more or less the importance of doing good deeds without attaching sense of doership - you don't accumulate karma, ego is controlled etc. But what about bad deeds. What do scriptures ...
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Can a Kundalini awakened person experience Ramayana, Mahabhrata etc.,

Valmiki got power from Brahma to experience all things in-order to write Ramayana and is explained in Ramayana. The following words of Brahma clarifies it "The adventures of valorous Rama along ...
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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 Patanjali say about benefits of Tribandh Pranayama?

I want to know what Patanjali says about benefits of Pranayama. I do not trust videos and articles about it.As they mostly talk about what they think .. I want the verses explaining the benefits of ...
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Making a daily checklist for vedanta karma and upasana yoga requirements [closed]

I have tried to develop a daily checklist based on my role as a sannyasa and a jnana marga to moksa. Please assist me if you find something I am lacking to progress from a mumuksu to a jijnasu. - deva ...
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Is the shower into 72000 nadis repeatable?

Suppose a person has Kundalini activated and crossed all chakras and reached sahasrara. Then a shower will happen and flow through all 72000 nadis of the yogi. Does the shower happen only at first ...
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Prana in hands while meditating?

While trying a certain breathing technique while meditating a few weeks ago, I began feeling a peculiar sensation in my hands. It felt like an internal buzzing or as if my hands were filled with light....
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What is the historical origin of Yoga?

We all know that Patanjali systematized the Yoga. However, he merely systematized the practices that were already there. What is the historical origin of Yoga?
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Why do seeing Devas, Yaksas, Raksasas, Gandharvas is obstruction to an yogi?

Vayu purana says that seeing Devas, Yaksas, Raksasas, Gandharvas etc., is a sign of obstruction to yoga. Why is it? All of them are divine beings and why it can't be a sign of yoga instead of sign ...
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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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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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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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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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Sadhana Bakthi and Bakthi Yoga

There are types of Bakthis. What is Sadhana Bakthi? Will this come under Bakthi Yoga?
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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?