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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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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 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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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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Is yoga a religion?

Is Yoga a form of religious Hinduism? Are beliefs such karma, reincarnation or gods needed to practice it? Is appropriate to practice yoga if you are agnostic, atheist or believer in other religions ...
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Does Suryanamaskar contain all yoga's benefit?

I have heard that doing Suryanamaskar everyday gives us most of or all of benefits of all kinds yogas. Does it really Suryanamaskar so powerful which will give us most of benefits of yogas. So if we ...
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Are the four paths incompatible with Pantanjali's Yoga?

According to Hinduism: Yoga is means, and the four major marga (paths) discussed in Hinduism are: Bhakti Yoga (the path of love and devotion), Karma Yoga (the path of right action), Rāja Yoga (the ...
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What siddhis are achieved when one attains turiya?

Can someone list siddhis one achieves when one attains turiya? Are all Ashta siddhis achieved when one attains turiya or does it only exist at six Chakras below sahasrara, is siddhis like ...
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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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Siddhis Riddhis

In legends of Sant Changdeva and Sant Gyandev they are said to have travelled on bricks and tigers. Can anyone elaborate more than what is on wikipedia? Were they riddhis, siddhis? What was specific ...
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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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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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Yogic/Tantra practice providing ability to control body temperature

Tony Buzan in his book Make the Most of Your Mind relates the story of an Indian Yogi, Swami Rama, who in a lab experiment was able to willfully change the temperature of a spot on his right hand. ...
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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: On the other hand, Swami Vivekananda advocated both schools. So how does he interpret the Vyasa's criticism 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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Is there a mantra to destroy negative energies before taking food or drink?

Is there a mantra to destroy or neutralise influence of negative energies(ie:germs, microbes, bacteria, krimi, ghosts etc in food/drink) before taking food or drink to mouth? Does chanting gayatri ...
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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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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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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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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 is the difference between yoga and yogasana?

We keep people using the terms "Yoga" and "Yogasana" interchangeably. Are they synonym? If not, what is the difference between the two?
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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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Mantra Lekhan (Writing) and its relevance in Vaishnavism

What is Mantra Lekhan or Mantra Writing? Please provide references from the scriptures for this practice.
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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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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?