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Asana
Physical poses, 3. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Ayurveda
Sanskrit word for „science of life", a traditional Indian medicine
Bhagavad Gita
Hindu scripture of 700-verses, part of the ancient Sanskrit work Mahabharata
Chakra
Energy centre in the body, in total there are 7 arranged in one vertical line
Dharana
Unbending concentration of mind, 6. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Dhyana
Deep meditation on the divine, 7. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Gheranda
Samhita means "Gheranda's collection", a classic text of Hatha Yoga
Guru
Person who is regarded as having wisdom and great knowledge of a special area and guides others as a teacher
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
classic text of Hatha Yoga
Hinduism
principal and most ancient religious tradition of India
Mantra
holy word, syllable, sound
Mudra
ritual gestures, mostly performed with hands or fingers
Niyama
Inner observances, 2. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Patañjali
Author of the Yoga Sutra, he defined the philosophic principles of Yoga
Prana
Vital energy
Pranayama
Breath control, 4. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Pratyahara
Withdrawal of the senses, 5. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Samadhi
Union with the Divine, 8. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Sanskrit
ancient holy language of Hinduism
Shiva Samhita
classic text of Hatha Yoga
Sri
equivalent to the English word "Mr."
Swami
Form of respectful address for a religious master
Tantra
philosophic and spiritual movement of the medieval India
Ujjayi Breathing
Breath technique, used in accordance with physical poses
Upanishads
ancient philosophic and religious Hindu texts, part of the Vedas
Vedas
most ancient Hindu sacred texts, written in Sanskrit
Yama
Universal morality, 1. limb of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Yoga
spiritual Indian philosophy with the goal of enlightenment
Yoga-Sutras
most important work of yoga literature, written by Patanjali
Yogi, Yogini
Male and female form for persons who practice yoga

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