A commited, consistent practice of Yoga.
Lit. ‘innate or inborn’. Sahaja Samadhi is to awaken and live in the world from a state of ecstatic liberation.
The thousand petaled lotus on top of the head, where the Kundalini Shakti unites with Lord Shiva, symbolising omniscience, onmipresence, omnipotency, enlightenment, Self-realisation – or the return to paradise, to one-ness, wholeness, the realisation of our own true nature, which is ‘Sat-Chit-Ananda’ (pure existence, consciousness, bliss)!
One of the four Vedas.
The eighth limb of Ashtanga Yoga. The ultimate level of human consciousness with many subtle levels brought about by intense and correct practice of Yoga.
One of the five internal ‘winds’ (Vayus), currents or organic Prana inside our body, that regulate the body’s energies and bodily functions.
The wheel of birth and death to which we are all bound by the laws of Karma until we awaken to our true nature.
Latent mental residual impressions of the past. Seed of individual consciousness or the seeds of Karma. Activity of the subconscious.
The process of deep meditation leading from concentration to Samadhi, or intense ecstasy; encompasses the sixth, seventh and eighth limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.
The ancient classical language of Indian scriptures and Yoga texts, which is the source of modern Indo-European languages. A liturgical (sacred) language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and one of the 23 official languages of India cultivated for religious reasons.
Contentment. One of the five Niyamas or personal vows or conducts.
One of the three sacred rivers of India, somtimes also refering to the mystical main energy-channel (Sushumna Nadi) inside our spine through which the Kundalini Shakti rises from Mooladhara Chakra up to Sahasrara Chakra to meet her consort Shiva. Also one of the goddessess, the other two being Lakshmi and Durga, that form the female counterpart of Trimurti, in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Originally regarded as the river goddess, in recent times as goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Consort of Lord Brahma, god of creation.
The state of pure, absolute being or existence.
One of the three Gunas; the energy or principle of vibrance, luminosity, clarity which in combination with the other Gunas constitutes all phenomena.
Truthfulness. One of the five Yamas or social vows or conducts.
The ‘dead’ posture.
Word; sound; mantra.
Devotees of Lord Shiva.
One of the two mystical isles between which lies the ocean of milk; also symbol for Ajna Chakra.
The energetic; female expression of the universe; energy, power. The Prana or energy-aspect or kinetic agent of pure unconditioned consciousness.
Meditation technique with the help of Mantras and Yantras to expand consciousness.
Any sacred book of divine authority, e.g. the Vedas.
Six ways of physical purifacation. Internal body cleansing techniques used in Hatha Yoga.
Cleanliness. One of the five Niyamas or vows or conducts.
The dramatic Hindu god of transformation, energy and destruction (mainly of our ego). Lord of the dance of life.
A modern Yogi whose approach to Yoga has spread widely in the west.
A medieval Hatha Yoga text book.
Lit. ‘the heard’; directly revealed knowledge (to the Rishis, saints and sages of ancient India).
Accomplishment; attainment; succes or perfection; psychic power.
Adept (or one that is accomplished). A possessor of supernatural powers.
Terse presentation of esoteric teachings; verse.
Memory or recollection.
Symbolically the ‘nectar for the play of life’. A milky climbing plant, the fermented juice which is offered in libations to the divinities.
A modern Yogi, scholar and poet who founded Auroville, a Yoga-based community in Pondicherry, South India.
The founder of the so-called ‘Krishna consciousness movement’ (Hare Krishna) which has done much to popularise the Bhagavad Gita and Bhakti Yoga in the west.
The most important subtle energy channel (Nadi), flowing in three layers up the spine through which the spiritual force of the Kundalini rises up through the Chakras on the ascent from hell (consciousness-level at Mooladhara Chakra) back to heaven (pure, absolute, unconditioned consciousness, symbolised by Sahasrara Chakra).
Lit. ‘thread’ – a spiritual discourse; a brief precept or rule.
The second lowest of the six resp. seven main Chakras inside and on top of our spine, related to the element of water.
Self-study or study of the scriptures. One of the five Niyamas or personal vows or conducts. Also part of Patanjali’s Kriya Yoga.
One’s own essential form or nature.
Master of one’s self.