Health / Yoga Glossary
Abhyasa : Practice - the act of practicing.
Acharya : Yoga word for teacher.
Adwaita : A philosophy according to which there is no duality - only a singular state of consciousness
Agni : Yoga word for fire.
Agnisar Kriya : One of the shatkarmas (cleansing practices) -intestinal cleansing.
Aham : Yoga word for ego.
Ahimsa : Practicing non-violence, non-injury - one of the yamas of ashtanga yoga.
Ajapa Japa : Spontaneous repetition of 'soham' mantra.
Ajna Chakra : Energy center located behind the forehead, also called psychic centre - one of the seven energy centers.
Akasha : Yoga word for ether or space.
Anahata Chakra : Energy center located in the heart region; also called pranic centre - fourth of the seven energy centers.
Ananda : Yogo word for bliss or ecstasy.
Antar : Yoga word for inner or internal.
Antar Dhauti : Internal yoga cleansing (shatkarma) techniques.
Antar Kumbhaka : Internal breath retention. The stage of pranayama where breath is retained after inhalation.
Antar Mouna : Internal silence - a meditation practice.
Anubhava : Yoga word for experience or realization.
Ardha : Yoga word for half.
Ardha Dhanurasana : Half bow yoga pose.
Ardha Matsyendrasana : Half spinal twist yoga position.
Ardha Padmasana : Half lotus pose.
Asana : Yoga position or yoga pose, also called yogasana. A balanced position for smooth energy flow in specific areas of the body and mind.
Ashrama : Residential place of people living together in yogic tradition.
Ashtanga Yoga : The eight fold path of yoga as outlined by Patanjali: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi.
Ashwini Mudra : Practice of contracting the anal sphincter.