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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Do Vedas talk about Moksha,Kaivalya or Mukti?

I've heard that the Vedas only talk about three of the four Purusharthas, viz. Dharmam, Arth, and Kam. The fourth Purushartha, Moksha, is said to be added or is made popular or is accepted after the ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Shiva really Adi Guru of Yoga?

Is Shiva really first teacher of Yoga? How was Yoga developed?
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The concept of God in Bhakti Yoga

From three classical yogas in Hinduism viz. Karma, Bhakti and Jnana, I found me Ajnani in case of Bhakti yoga probably due to improper concept of god. I understand the Karma Yoga: Nishkam Karma or ...
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What is Raja-yoga? Is it related to Jnana-Yoga?

There are three known classical yoga viz. Karma, Bhakti and Jnana. I recently found Raja-Yoga in this answer. So, What is Raja-Yoga? and Is there any relation between Raja-yoga and Jnana-Yoga? ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is Kriya Yoga?

What is Kriya Yoga? What is main purpose of Kriya Yoga? How is Kriya Yoga different from other yoga like Karma Yoga, Gyana Yoga, Raja Yoga and Bhakti 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.?