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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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What is the story of origin of Yoga?

There is a story about the origin of yoga by Maharishi Patanjali and how he gave the knowledge of Yoga to mankind. What is that story and what is the significance of it?
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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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Who are the Visaraga Yogis condemned by the Vaikhanasas?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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 ...
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What are the symptoms for kundalini awakening?

Kundalini can be achieved by different means (yoga or devotion or deep thinking). Are there any symptoms or experiences the human undergoes before kundalini awakening? If yes, then what are the ...
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When exactly do we use different mudras?

I have come across different types of mudras which are basically used for channelizing energy within our body but my question is: Do we make use of all these mudras only during meditation or can we ...
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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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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 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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What are the three states of Yogi mentioned in Shvetashvatara Upanishad?

Shvetashvatara Upanishad 11th verse of 1st chapter: jñātvā devaṃ sarvapāśāpahāniḥ kṣīṇaiḥ kleśairjanmamṛtyuprahāṇiḥ । tasyābhidhyānāttṛtīyaṃ dehabhede viśvaiśvaryaṃ kevala ...
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What significance (if any) does 21st June have for Yoga?

The International yoga day is celebrated on the 21st of June which is the longest day in the year. I was wondering if this day, being the summer solstice, had any special significance related to Yoga?
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How does the Vaishnava commentators interpret 'NAda-Upasana' prescribed in Srimad-Bhagavatam?

Srimad-Bhagavatam is treated as a scripture praising Lord Hari and showing the path of Devotion. The 12th Canto (Chapter 6, Slokas 37-38) advise the anAhata-nAda upasana as a way of reaching the ...
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Can a lady undergoing menstruation period do yoga?

I heard that a lady undergoing menstruation should not do yoga. My doubt is can a lady during her menstruation do yoga or not? If no then after how many days she can be able to do yoga? If yes, ...
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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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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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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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What are the main philosophical differences between Yoga and Samkhya Darshanas?

Samkhya and Yoga are one of the six Astika Darshanas of thoughts in Sanatana Dharma (the other four being Nyaya, Vedanta, Mimamsa and Vaisheshika). Both Darshanas are said to very closely related. ...
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Is yoga an independent philosophy as classified in shad-darshan? or was it later incorporated in Tantra? or is it a part of tantra itself?

There is a separate school in Āstika tradition of Sanatana dharma as "Yoga". Also, the tantrik texts consists a section as Yoga itself. So how does the yoga as mentioned in Shad-Darshana differs from ...
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How To Properly Do 108 Surya Namaskars per Hindu Scriptures

I was proud of myself for doing 108 Surya Namaskars for my Birthday couple of years back (took me about 50 minutes) Unfortunately it injured my right knee, and I had to stop. I really want to do 108 ...
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What is the story of Sri shankar purushottam teertha?

Famous guru in the siddha yoga line of sri narAyaNa tIrtha What was his life story and teaching
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Scriptural basis for Ramakrishna's claim about 'inner nerve of memory' (medhā nāḍī)

In The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna / Volume 1 / Rules for Householders and Monks, Ramakrishna Paramahansa makes the following claim. MAHIMA: Sir, why does a man become deluded by worldly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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concept of runanubandha

Runanubandha is the physical memory that a person carries within himself. I think most of the information about this issue is given by Jaggi Vasudev. I am intrigued by this topic and want to know in ...
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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 counts, 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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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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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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Into which vritti does the swapna avastha fall into?

Chitta has five vrittis. Praman, viparya, vikalpa, nidra and smriti. Nidra and praman vrittis do not contain a Swapna state. And I'm believing that the Swapna state does not fall into viparya also. ...
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Differences between Samadhi and Nirvana

I have a few years practising meditation and kriya Yoga but still don't know whats the difference between Samadhi and Nirvana, for me are like the same concept but in different religion. ¿Is it ...
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Chest breath or stomach breath while doing yoga, pranayama and meditation?

Lots of gurus preach to take breath in chest, in this process chest will expand and stomach will shrink while inhaling. They give reason that lungs have oxygen absorbing capacity so we should breath ...
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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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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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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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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 ...