a physical posture or pose in yoga, for example: Trikonasana or Triangle Pose. Asana is the third of the eight practices
of yoga as proposed by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.
a physical lock or constriction of energy in the
body, for example: Uddiyana Bandha or Upward Lock of the abdomen
seven energy centers aligned
along the spine beginning with Muladhara Chakra or Root Chakra at the base of the spine and ending with Sahasrara Chakra or
Crown Chakra at the crown of the head
a focal point where you can fix the gaze to help you to balance
physical dimension of yoga, self-realization through the body. HA means "sun" and THA means "moon",
so the name reflects the balancing and unifying aspect of yoga.
a sacred word, syllable, or phrase that changes the internal energy of the meditator and the energy of the environment.
Mantras can be chanted silently or aloud. Common mantras invoke the qualities or grace of a particular deity to effect changes
in one’s life (e.g. Om Nanah Shivaya to invoke Shiva). You can use, however, any word that summons what you need at
the moment, for example “peace”.
a physical seal created by the body, often with
the hands, to enhance energy flow, for example: Anjali Mudra or prayer hands
a Hindu greeting which
roughly translated means "The Divinity within me honors the Divinity within you."
Om is a
seed mantra, a one syllable sound that has no exact meaning but instead invokes an experience of unity with the universe.
Om is considered the universal sound, the primal sound from which the universe emanates. It is made up of three Sanskrit
letters, aa, au and ma which make the sound Aum or Om. Some traditions consider the silence following to be the fourth sound.
the life source, breath
breath control, control and/or expansion of the
breath or life force, for example: Dirgha Pranyama or Three-Part Yogic Breath. Pranayama is the fourth of the eight
practices of yoga as proposed by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.