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.
Sadhakspiritual aspirant or student.
SadhanaQuest, spiritual practice.
Sadhua Hindu holy man, or ascetic.
Sadhugangaretreat where Lakshmanjoo went as a young man to meditate.
Sahasrara chakrahighest energy centre located at the crown of the head, just above the top of the head.
Sakala pramatribhavastate of meditation in where we are also aware of outside world.
SaksatClearly, Directly, Personally, Original
SakshiWitness
SamadhiFinal stage of yoga in which concentration becomes one with the object of concentration; supreme union, absorption, state of God consciousness, realization of one's own nature, the eighth of the eight stages of classic Yoga.
SamharaPower of destruction.
SamsaraThe process of a worldly life, the cycle of life caused by birth, death and rebirth.
SamskaraStrong impressions in the mind that create our beliefs, attitudes and persona.
Sankalpaspiritual resolve.
Sannyasione who has renounced the world in seek of self-realization.
Sanskrita language used in of Yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism, and an official languages of India, considered "historical".
Santosha or Santoshcontentment, one of the five niyamas, second of the eight stages of classic Yoga.
SaraswatiGoddess who bestows knowledge of fine arts and power of speech.
Sarvangasanashoulderstand
Sattruth
Satguruguru who has attained self-realization.
Sattwa gunaquality unwavering purity.
Satyatruth, also one of the yamas.
Seetkari pranayamaBreathing technique which involves hissing leading to a cooling effect upon the whole body.
Shabda Brahmancosmic causal state.
Shaktivital force, energy.
Shambhavi mudraa yoga gesture in which one focusses at the mid-eyebrow centre.
Shantipeace, tranquility, or bliss
Shashankasanamoon pose.
Shatkarmathe six yogic techniques of purifying the body.
Sheetali pranayamacooling breath, a pranayama technique that lowers the body temperature by inhaling through the mouth while letting the breath flow in over the tongue.
Shishyadisciple, student.
Siddhahaving achieved spiritual realization.
Siddha yoni asanathe female counterpart of the siddhasana meditative posture, in which the left heel presses the entrance to the vagina.
Siddhasanaa meditative seating posture in which the left heel presses the perineum (stimulating the mooladhara chakra); also called as the adept's pose or the 'pose of perfection'.
SinghA Lion
Sirshasanainverted pose - the 'headstand' in which the body is inverted and balanced on the crown of the head.
Sohamrepresents a mantra in meditation; literally means, 'I am That'. Represents the Psychic sound with the sound 'so' during inhalation and 'ham' during exhalation.
Soma chakrasixteen petalled chakra situated above ajna and manas chakras.
Strapa prop used as an extension of the arm to assist in yoga.
Sukhasanaa comfortable meditative pose; also called the 'easy pose' or simply the cross-legged pose.
Sukrtatreated with kindness, befriended.
SuryaThe sun.
Surya bheda pranayamabreathing technique in which inhalation is done through the right nostril ; increases vitality.
Sushumna nadimain energy channel in yoga, in the centre of the spinal cord through which kundalini shakti flows.
Sutra netiyogic technique to cleanse the nasal passage using a special thread.
SuvitaWell being.
Swadhisthana chakrasecond chakra in the spinal column, above the mooladhara.
Swastikasanaauspicious pose -meditative posture similar to siddhasana.

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