of Common Yoga Terms
The traditional Indian system of medicine based on a holistic
approach rooted in Vedic culture. Ayurveda means "science
of life". Many Ayurveda health treatments incorporate
the use of specific yoga postures.
The postures of hatha yoga.
Fold Path: The paths of yoga that Patanjali described
in the Yoga Sutras. They are yama, niyama, asana, pranayama,
pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi.
Yoga: A major Hindu discipline utilizing pranayama and
asanas. In the Sanskrit language Ha means sun and tha
A specific word or phrase chanted inwardly and repeatedly
Indian scholar who first collected and organized all of the
knowledge of yoga of his day and compiled it in a book called
the Yoga Sutras. Little in known about his life or
exactly when he lived, though it is generally believed to
have been around the year 200 A.D.
The universal life force.
Spicy and pungent foods that speed up the body and may lead
Fresh, pure unadulterated food. Devote students of yoga try
to eat mainly sattvic food.
Impure foods. Processed, factory farmed, preserved, pickled,
stale, salted and packaged foods are examples of tasmasic
Sanskrit word for "threads".
Sutras: Classic yoga text written work by the
scholar Pantanjali. The Yoga Sutras are often referred
to as the "Bible of Yoga".