Yoga Glossary
Comprehensive list of yoga terms, meanings, sanskrit words and meanings, sanskrit translations for Hatha, Kundalini, Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga plus other forms.
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TermMeaning or definition as related to yoga in Sanskrit or another language.
Madhyama vakin the theory of speech (vak), this is the middle state, where one resides only in thoughts.
MagamuchKashmiri name for the god Ganesha.
Mahagreat
Maha bandhathe great lock - combines the three locks in yoga - the moola bandha, jalandhara bandha and uddiyana bandha - together with breath retention.
Maha mudrathe great gesture - combines the practice of moola bandha, shambhavi and khechari mudras simultaneously.
Maha nadiliterally means 'great nadi', which is the 'sushumna' in yoga.
Makaracrocodile
Makarasanacrocodile pose.
Malasanayoga garland pose.
Manas chakrathe energy center above the ajna chakra - is depicted with six petals.
Manipura chakrathe energy centre in the spinal column located behind the navel - corresponding to the solar plexus.
Mantrasound of syllables repeated by Yogis to produce a change in consciousness.
Mantra devatathe particular universal force toward which a mantram is directed.
Mantra pramatribhavastate of meditation in which the breath becomes balled and enters the central channel for the rise of kundalini.
Mantrasubtle sound vibration, which through repetition aims at expanding one's awareness or consciousness.
Mantra shaktithe power of mantra.
Mantreshwara pramatribhavastate of meditation in which one experiences perception of worldly activities and then God-consciousness in the background.
Manusemi-mythical sage; progenitor of the human race.
Marichyasanayoga pose named after Sage Marichi.
Marjaryasanayoga cat pose.
Matrikachakrain Kashmir Shaivism, the theory of the alphabet.
MatsyasanaYoga Fish Pose.
MatsyendranāthaIn the early 10th century CE he was one of the eighty-four mahasiddhas. He was the guru of Gorakshanath, with whom he founded the school of hatha yoga. He is considered the author of the Kaulajñānanirṇaya , one of the earliest known texts on hatha yoga written in Sanskrit.
Matsyendrasanaa spine twisting pose.
Mayathe illusion of individuality.
Mayashaktipower as manifested in all states, enabling one to be fixed in contemplation of one's own nature.
Mayiyamalathe state of impurity that creates differentiation in one's consciousness.
Mayurpeacock
Mayurasanapeacock' pose - advanced pose aims at strengthening the arms and stimulating the manipura chakra.
Meditationa state of complete silence and inner awareness, reflection, a process of introspect.
Mokshaliberation from the cycle of birth and death, liberation, freedom, release.
Moolaroot
Moola bandhaenergy lock created by the contraction of the perineum in the male and the cervix in the female.
Mooladhara chakralowest energy centre in the human body where the kundalini shakti (serpent power) resides - situated in the perineal floor in men and the cervix in women.
Moorchha pranayamafainting or swooning breath' in which the breath is inhaled slowly and retained for an extended period.
Mounasilence - the practice of silence.
Mudhaunconscious or unaware state of mind.
Mudraliterally means 'gesture' - mudra expresses and channelizes cosmic energy within the mind and body.
Mulabhandaa lock, or tightening, of the rectal muscles.
Muladharachakra located at the base of the spine "energy center in the subtle body".
Munisaint, sage.

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