Yoga Terms that You Should Know

Yoga Terms that You Should Know

Abhyasa: practice; cf. vairagya

Acarya (sometimes spelled Acharya in English): a preceptor and instructor; cf. guru

Ahimsa (“nonharming”): the single most important moral discipline (yama)

Ananda (“bliss”): the condition of utter joy. In addition to which is an essential quality of the ultimate Reality (tattva)

Asana (“seat”): a physical posture (see also anga, mudra); the third limb (anga) of Patanjali’s eightfold path (astha-anga-yoga); originally this meant only meditation posture, but subsequently, in hatha yoga, this aspect of the yogic path was greatly developed

Ashrama (“that where effort is made”): a hermitage; also a stage of life, such as brahmacharya, householder, forest dweller, and complete renouncer (samnyasin)

Ayurveda, Ayur-veda (“life science”): one of India’s traditional systems of medicine and the other being South India’s Siddha medicine

Bandha (“bond/bondage”): the fact that human beings are typically bound by ignorance (avidya), which causes them to lead a life governed by karmic habit rather than inner freedom generated through wisdom (vidya, jnana)

Bhakta (“devotee”): a disciple practicing bhakti yoga

Bhakti (“devotion/love”): the love of the bhakta toward the Divine or the guru as a manifestation of the Divine. Hence, the love of the Divine toward the devotee

Bodhi (“enlightenment”): the state of the awakened master, or buddha

Brahma (“he who has grown expansive”): the Creator of the universe. Hence, the first principle (tattva) to emerge out of the ultimate Reality (brahman)

Brahmacharya (from brahma and acarya “brahmic conduct”). Especially relevant the discipline of chastity andwhich produces ojas

Cakra or Chakra (“wheel”): literally, the wheel of a wagon; metaphorically, one of the psycho-energetic centers of the subtle body (sukshma-sharira); in Buddhist yoga, five such centers are known, while in Hindu yoga often seven or more such centers are mentioned: mula-adhara-cakra (muladhara-cakra) at the base of the spine, svadhishthana-cakra at the genitals, manipura-cakra at the navel, anahata-cakra at the heart, vishuddha-cakra or vishuddhi-cakra at the throat, ajna-cakra in the middle of the head, and sahasrara-cakra at the top of the head

Cin-mudra (“consciousness seal”): a common hand gesture (mudra) in meditation (dhyana), which is formed by bringing the tips of the index finger and the thumb together, while the remaining fingers are kept straight

 

Duhkha (“bad axle space”): suffering, a fundamental fact of life, caused by ignorance (avidya) of our true nature (i.e., the Self or atman)

Gayatri-mantra: a famous Vedic mantra recited particularly at sunrise: tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayat

Guru (“he who is heavy, weighty”): a spiritual teacher; cf. acarya

Guru-bhakti (“teacher devotion”): a disciple’s self-transcending devotion to the guru; see also bhakti

Guru-Gita (“Guru’s Song”): a text in praise of the guru, often chanted in ashramas

Guru-Yoga (“Yoga [relating to] the teacher”): a yogic approach that makes the guru the fulcrum of a disciple’s practice; all traditional forms of yoga contain a strong element of guru-yoga

Hamsa (“swan/gander”): apart from the literal meaning, this term also refers to the breath (prana) as it moves within the body; the individuated consciousness (jiva) propelled by the breath; see jiva-atman; see also parama-hamsa

Hatha Yoga (“Forceful Yoga”): a major branch of yoga, developed by Goraksha and other adepts c. 1000 C.E., and emphasizing the physical aspects of the transformative path, notably postures (asana) and cleansing techniques (shodhana), but also breath control (pranayama)

Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika (“Light on Hatha Yoga”): one of three classical manuals on hatha yoga, authored by Svatmarama Yogendra in the fourteenth century

Hiranyagarbha (“Golden Germ”): the mythical founder of yoga; the first cosmological principle (tattva) to emerge out of the infinite Reality; also called Brahma

Ida-nadi (“pale conduit”): the prana current or arc ascending on the left side of the central channel (sushumna nadi) associated with the parasympathetic nervous system and having a cooling or calming effect on the mind when activated; cf. pingala-nadi

Ishvara (“ruler”): the Lord; referring either to the Creator (see Brahma) or, in Patanjali’s yoga-darshana, to a special transcendental Self (purusha)

Ishvara-pranidhana (“dedication to the Lord”): in Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga one of the practices of self-restraint (niyama); see also bhakti yoga

Jaina (sometimes Jain): pertaining to the jinas (“conquerors”), the liberated adepts of Jainism; a member of Jainism, the spiritual tradition founded by Vardhamana Mahavira, a contemporary of Gautama the Buddha

Japa (“muttering”): the recitation of mantras

Kali: a Goddess embodying the fierce (dissolving) aspect of the Divine

Kali-yuga: the dark age of spiritual and moral decline, said to be current now; kali does not refer to the Goddess Kali but to the losing throw of a die

Kama (“desire”): the appetite for sensual pleasure blocking the path to true bliss (ananda); the only desire conducive to freedom is the impulse toward liberation, called mumukshutva

Kapila (“He who is red”): a great sage, the quasi-mythical founder of the Samkhya tradition, who is said to have composed the Samkhya-Sutra (which, however, appears to be of a much later date)

Karman, karma (“action”): activity of any kind, including ritual acts; said to be binding only so long as engaged in a self-centered way; the “karmic” consequence of one’s actions; destiny

Karma Yoga (“Yoga of action”): the liberating path of self-transcending action

Karuna (“compassion”): universal sympathy; in Buddhist yoga the complement of wisdom (prajna)

Khecari-mudra (“space-walking seal”): the Tantric practice of curling the tongue back against the upper palate in order to seal the life energy (prana); see also mudra

Kosha (“casing”): any one of five “envelopes” surrounding the transcendental Self (atman) and thus blocking its light: anna-maya-kosha (“envelope made of food,” the physical body), prana-maya-kosha (“envelope made of life force”), mano-maya-kosha(“envelope made of mind”), vijnana-maya-kosha (“envelope made of consciousness”), and ananda-maya-kosha (“envelope made of bliss”); some older traditions regard the last kosha as identical with the Self (atman)

Krishna (“Puller”): an incarnation of God Vishnu, the God-man whose teachings can be found in the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavata-Purana/p>

Kumbhaka (“potlike”): breath retention; cf. puraka, recaka

Kundalini-shakti (“coiled power”): according to Tantra and hatha yoga, the serpent power or spiritual energy, which exists in potential form at the lowest psycho-energetic center of the body (i.e., the mula-adhara-cakra) and which must be awakened and guided to the center at the crown (i.e., the sahasrara-cakra) for full enlightenment to occur

Kundalini-Yoga: the yogic path focusing on the kundalini process as a means of liberation

Linga (“mark”): the phallus as a principle of creativity; a symbol of God Shiva; cf. yoni

Mahabharata (“Great Bharata”): one of India’s two great ancient epics telling of the great war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas and serving as a repository for many spiritual and moral teachings

Mahatma (from maha-atman, “great self”): an honorific title (meaning something like “a great soul”) bestowed on particularly meritorious individuals, such as Gandhi

Maithuna (“twinning”): the Tantric sexual ritual in which the participants view each other as Shiva and Shakti respectively

Mantra-Yoga: the yogic path utilizing mantras as the primary means of liberation

Marman (“lethal [spot]”): in Ayurveda and yoga, a vital spot on the physical body where energy is concentrated or blocked; cf. granthi

Matsyendra (“Lord of Fish”): an early Tantric master who founded the Yogini-Kaula school and is remembered as a teacher of Goraksha

Maya (“she who measures”): the deluding or illusive power of the world; illusion by which the world is seen as separate from the ultimate singular Reality (atman)

Moksha (“release”): the condition of freedom from ignorance (avidya) and the binding effect of karma; also called mukti, kaivalya

Mudra (“seal”): a hand gesture (such as cin-mudra) or whole-body gesture (such as viparita-karani-mudra); also a designation of the feminine partner in the Tantric sexual ritual

Muni (“he who is silent”): a sage

Nada (“sound”): the inner sound, as it can be heard through the practice of nada yoga or kundalini yoga

Nada-Yoga (“Yoga of the [inner] sound”): the yoga or process of producing and intently listening to the inner sound as a means of concentration and ecstatic self-transcendence

Nadi (“conduit”): one of 72,000 or more subtle channels along or through which the life force (prana) circulates, of which the three most important ones are the ida-nadi, pingala-nadi, and sushumna-nadi

Nadi-shodhana (“channel cleansing”): the practice of purifying the conduits, especially by means of breath control (pranayama)

Narada: a great sage associated with music, who taught bhakti yoga and is attributed with the authorship of one of two Bhakti-Sutras

Natha (“lord”): appellation of many North Indian masters of yoga, in particular adepts of the Kanphata (“Split-ear”) school allegedly founded by Goraksha

Neti-neti (“not thus, not thus”): an Upanishadic expression meant to convey that the ultimate Reality is neither this nor that, that is, is beyond all description

Nirodha (“restriction”): in Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga, the very basis of the process of concentration, meditation, and ecstasy; in the first instance, the restriction of the “whirls of the mind” (citta-vritti)

Niyama (“[self-]restraint”): the second limb of Patanjali’s eightfold path, which consists of purity (saucha), contentment (samtosha), austerity (tapas), study (svadhyaya), and dedication to the Lord (ishvara-pranidhana)

Nyasa (“placing”): the Tantric practice of infusing various body parts with life force (prana) by touching or thinking of the respective physical area

Ojas (“vitality”): the subtle energy produced through practice, especially the discipline of chastity (brahmacharya)

Om: the original mantra symbolizing the ultimate Reality, which is prefixed to many mantric utterances

Parama-atman or paramatman (“supreme self”): the transcendental Self, which is singular, as opposed to the individuated self (jiva-atman) that exists in countless numbers in the form of living beings

Parama-hamsaparamahansa (“supreme swan”): an honorific title given to great adepts, such as Ramakrishna and Yogananda

Patanjali: compiler of the Yoga Sutra, who lived c. 150 C.E.

Pingala-nadi (“reddish conduit”): the prana current or arc ascending on the right side of the central channel (sushumna-nadi) and associated with the sympathetic nervous system and having an energizing effect on the mind when activated; cf. ida-nadi

Prasada (“grace/clarity”): divine grace; mental clarity

Pratyahara (“withdrawal”): sensory inhibition, the fifth limb (anga) of Patanjali’s eightfold path

Puja (“worship”): ritual worship, which is an important aspect of many forms of yoga, notably bhakti yoga and Tantra

Puraka (“filling in”): inhalation, an aspect of breath control (pranayama)

Purana (“Ancient [History]”): a type of popular encyclopedia dealing with royal genealogy, cosmology, philosophy, and ritual; there are eighteen major and many more minor works of this nature

Purusha (“male”): the transcendental Self (atman) or Spirit, a designation that is mostly used in Samkhya and Patanjali’s yoga-darshana

Radha: the God-man Krishna’s spouse; a name of the divine Mother

Raja-Yoga (“Royal Yoga”): a late medieval designation of Patanjali’s eightfold yoga-darshana, also known as classical yoga

Rama: an incarnation of God Vishnu preceding Krishna; the principal hero of the Ramayana

Ramayana (“Rama’s life”): one of India’s two great national epics telling the story of Rama; cf. Mahabharata

Recaka (“expulsion”): exhalation, an aspect of breath control (pranayama)

Rig-Veda; see Veda

Rishi (“seer”): a category of Vedic sage; an honorific title of certain venerated masters, such as the South Indian sage Ramana, who is known as maharshi (from maha meaning “great” and rishi); cf. muni

Sadhana (“accomplishing”): spiritual discipline leading to siddhi (“perfection” or “accomplishment”); It is basically Tantra

Sahaja (“together born”): a medieval term denoting the fact that the transcendental Reality and the empirical reality are not truly separate but coexist, or with the latter being an aspect or misperception of the former; often rendered as “spontaneous” or “spontaneity”; the sahaja state is the natural condition, that is, enlightenment or realization

Samadhi (“putting together”): the ecstatic or unitive state in which the meditator becomes one with the object of meditation, the eighth and final limb (anga) of Patanjali’s eightfold path; there are many types of samadhi, the most significant distinction being between samprajnata (conscious) and asamprajnata(supraconscious) ecstasy; only the latter leads to the dissolution of the karmic factors deep within the mind.

Samatva or samata (“evenness”): the mental condition of harmony, balance

Samkhya (“Number”): one of the main traditions of Hinduism, which is concerned with the classification of the principles (tattva) of existence and their proper discernment in order to distinguish between Spirit (purusha) and the various aspects of Nature (prakriti); this influential system grew out of the ancient (pre-Buddhist) Samkhya-Yoga tradition and was codified in the Samkhya-Karika of Ishvara Krishna (c. 350 C.E.)

Samnyasa (“casting off”): the state of renunciation, which is the fourth and final stage of life (see ashrama) and consisting primarily in an inner turning away from  to be finite and secondarily in an external letting go of finite things; cf. vairagya

Samnyasin (“he who has cast off”): a renouncer

Samprajnata-samadhi; see samadhi

Samsara (“confluence”): the finite world of change, as opposed to the ultimate Reality (brahman or nirvana)

Samskara (“activator”): the subconscious impression left behind by each act of volition, which, in turn, leads to renewed psychomental activity;

Samyama (“constraint”): the combined practice of concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana), and ecstasy (samadhi) in regard to the same object

Sat (“being/reality/truth”): the ultimate Reality (atman or brahman)

Satya (“truth/truthfulness”): truth, a designation of the ultimate Reality; also the practice of truthfulness, which is an aspect of moral discipline (yama)

Shakti (“power”): the ultimate Reality in its feminine aspect, or the power pole of the Divine; see also kundalini-shakti

Shakti-pata (“descent of power”): the process of initiation, or spiritual baptism, by means of the benign transmission of an advanced or even enlightened adept (siddha), which awakens the shakti within a disciple, thereby initiating or enhancing the process of liberation

Shankara (“He who is benevolent”): the eighth-century adept who was the greatest proponent of nondualism (Advaita Vedanta) and whose philosophical school was probably responsible for the decline of Buddhism in India

Shishya (“student/disciple”): the initiated disciple of a guru

Shiva (“He who is benign”): the Divine and a deity that has served yogins as an archetypal model throughout the ages

Spanda (“vibration”): a key concept of Kashmir’s Shaivism according to which the ultimate Reality itself “quivers,” that is, is inherently creative rather than static (as conceived in Advaita Vedanta)

Sushumna-nadi (“very gracious channel”): the central prana current or arc in or along which the serpent power (kundalini-shakti) must ascend toward the psychoenergetic center (cakra) at the crown of the head in order to attain liberation (moksha)

Sutra (“thread”): an aphoristic statement; a work consisting of aphoristic statements, such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra or Vasugupta’s Shiva-Sutra

Svadhyaya (“one’s own going into”): study, an important aspect of the yogic path, listed among the practices of self-restraint (niyama) in >Patanjali’s eightfold yoga; the recitation of mantras (see also japa)

Yoga Terms that You should Know

Tantra (“Loom”): a type of Sanskrit work containing Tantric teachings; the tradition of Tantrism, which focuses on the shakti side of spiritual life and which originated in the early post-Christian era and achieved its classical features around 1000 C.E.; Tantrism has a “right-hand” (dakshina) or conservative and a “left-hand” (vama) or unconventional/antinomian branch, with the latter utilizing, among other things, sexual rituals

Tapas (“glow/heat”): austerity, penance. In addition to that it is an ingredient of all yogic approaches, since they all involve self-transcendence

Tattva (“thatness”): a fact or reality; a particular category of existence such as the ahamkara, buddhi, manas; the ultimate Reality (see also atman, brahman)

Turiya (“fourth”), also called cathurtha: the transcendental Reality, which exceeds the three conventional states of consciousness in addition to waking, sleeping, and dreaming

Upanishad (“sitting near”): a type of scripture representing the concluding portion of the revealed literature of Hinduism, hence the designation Vedanta for the teachings of these sacred works; cf. Aranyaka, Brahmana, Veda

Upaya (“means”): in Buddhist yoga and the practice of compassion (karuna); cf. prajna

Vairagya (“dispassion”): the attitude of inner ren

First of all, these yoga terms have been excerpted from traditionalyogastudies.com. Copyright 1999 by Georg Feuerstein. In addition to that you can contact Nepal Yoga Home for all types of yoga training in Nepal. Furthermore visit our website www.nepalyogahome.com

 

Do You Have To Be Vegetarian To Practice Yoga?

Do You Have To Be Vegetarian To Practice Yoga?

Do you really need to be a vegetarian to practice yoga? It is one of the most controversial topics in the yoga world. Some say you’re not truly practicing yoga if you eat meat. Others say that it is not necessary to eat purely vegetarian diets. There is not a definitive answer.

On any yoga retreat, you will hear a lively discussion at the lunch table. Most noteworthy is about whether or not yoga practitioners should eat meat. Neither side takes their position lightly. Furthermore, yogis don’t do things without reason

The vegetarians say that Ahimsa, or the yogic practice of nonviolence, prevents them from eating animals. In addition to that it is violent to take the life of another living being. Vegetarian also say that meat-eating does not let us achieve deep states of meditation. Furthermore, it negatively affects the energy body.

Ahimsa translates to nonviolence or non-harming in any form. It can be and is interpreted in many different ways. One of the most common explanation of this concept in the yoga world is being vegetarian.

First of all, yoga is a lifestyle choice. In addition to that, many yogis choose to be vegetarians in compliance with. Most noteworthy, it is a choice. Every person is different and every person can interpret it in his or her own ways.

Most of the strict yogis that say you cannot be yogic without being a vegetarian. And then there is the opposite side of the curve that says what you can eat anything and practice yoga. However, there are plenty yogis who identify themselves as eaters.

Regarding non violence,there are many ways other than just adopting vegetarianism. Everyone has different bodies that require different things, so for some, eating meat may actually equate to nonviolence toward themselves. For others, the opposite may be true. It depends upon the situations.

There are countless people who practice yoga and still receive ceaseless benefits from the practice. Yoga is not defined by what you eat. It is defined by your relationship to your thoughts. Being a vegetarian does not make one yogic and eating meat does not make one non-yogic. Only a yogi can determine his or her own path internally. It is best not to judge others for the choices they make or to try to impose my beliefs upon them.

We encourage you to be a vegetarian. Nepal Yoga Home doesn’t force but we encourage. We believe that yoga is much greater than any food choices. We should be turn our attention inward and listening to our own divinity. It is better to find our own answers about such subjects. Nepal Yoga Home, a pioneer yoga retreat in Nepal, provides yoga training in Nepal. In addition to that we also provide beginner to advanced level yoga training course. At our yoga retreat, we offer vegetarian diets. We grow vegetables in our own garden. These are fresh and organic. The foods that we serve, is also part of yoga diet. Why not be a vegetarian once and experience the benefits yourself. Furthermore, you have your choices. We have listed some of the benefits of being vegetarian below:

1. Vegetarian Diet Is Good For The Body

Having a vegetarian diet can add to the many health benefits of a yoga practice. A vegetarian diet has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, and more. Plant-based foods are generally easier to digest, higher in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, and lower in sugar and calories. Vegetarian foods are also more likely to improve your energy level.

2. Vegetarian Diet Is Good For The Mind

We do yoga to calm the mind. The food you consume has the potential to either help in this process or it can have an opposite effect and increase the waves of negative thoughts in your head.According to Ayurveda, the best foods are those that are grown in harmony with nature.

3. It is a Non-Violent Way To Be Yogi

Yoga classes often open and close with the chanting of Aum—the universal vibration that connects us all. According to the teachings of yoga, all living creatures come from the same divine spark—humans and animals alike.Yoga philosophy also teaches the concept of ahimsa, or non-violence.

Who is Patanjali?

Who is Patanjali?

Who is Patanjali?

Patanjali in an ancient exponent of raja yoga and the author of the Yoga Sutras. Yoga Sutras is a series of verses about the eight steps.  Although there are stories, no one knows when he lived or much about his life.

Patanajali was a yogi. He grew in the Hindu tradition. But his sutras are general guidelines for spiritual growth through right living. In addition to that they are not specifically about Hinduism. They are not beliefs, but methods that can be tested by each practitioner to see for himself or herself. They actually have the benefits that they claim.

The father of modern yoga is called Patanjali. Patanjali did not invent yoga. Yoga was already there in various forms. He only formed yoga into a system. Shiva is the first yogi. He transmitted yoga to the the seven sages many thousands of years ago. Patanjali had the highest understanding of human nature, but he didn’t put anything down in writing. Patanjali wrote the seminal text of yoga: The Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras is a collection of various forms and levels of yoga.

Legend of birth of Patanjali

There are a number of myths that exist related to Patanjali’s birth. Lord Vishnu was once busy in watching the dance of Lord Shiva. The dance of lord shiva is called Tandava Nritaya. Lord Vishnu was so much indulged and busy in watching the Tandav Nritaya that his body started moving and vibrating with the dance of Lord Shiva. Due to the constant moves and shakes of Lord Vishnu’s body, the Sesnaag could not even breathe properly. Later, when the dance was over Lord Vishnu’s body became into light again.

Then Sesnaag meditated to search for his intended mother and while meditating he found a visual image of female yoga practitioner Gonika. Gonika  was at the same time praying for a son to whom she could pass on her knowledge and wisdom. Sesnaag discovered that she is the perfect mother for him and then he waited for the right time to become her son.

Soon Gonika realized that her death is near and she had found no one to whom she can communicate her knowledge. Gonika could not find any one and prayed to Sun god to satisfy her wish. Further, she took few drops of water in her hand as a final offering to Sun God and meditated for some time. When she opened her eyes and was about to offer the water she saw a snake slithering on her hand. It soon was turned into a human being. He asked Gonika to take him as her own son and pass on all her knowledge to him.

Later, Gonika named that human being as Patanjali (Pata-means fallen and Anjali-means hands folded in prayer). Therefore, this is the story behind that how sage Patanjali came to this world in human form.

Patanjali Sought to End Suffering

He drew from earlier philosophical teachings, such as the Upanishads, and then he added spiritual practices which elevate the teachings from mere philosophy to experiential practice. Patanjali saw that a common human experience is suffering, but individuals can develop physical and spiritual disciplines—yoga and meditation, for example—which relieve suffering.  Through the study of yoga, a person can end suffering in their own mind.  Eventually, when living a yogic lifestyle and seeking union with the True Self, they can end suffering in their community.

Although scholars have vastly different inferences about when Patanjali lived and wrote The Yoga Sutras, (ranging anywhere from 200 BCE to 200 CE) the experiences Patanjali describes in The Yoga Sutras are relevant today. While the physical human conditions have changed dramatically in recent centuries, emotional human experiences have changed less so.  We still experience suffering and frustration as a result of our thoughts and actions. We still desire to calm the mind and transform our thoughts. Nepal Yoga Home, a yoga retreat in Nepal is always there for you to help you gain the yoga experience.

Is Yoga a Religion?

Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is not a religion. It is a kind of philosophy that began in Asia estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical yoga is Patanjali. Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutra. Yoga Sutra scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. It sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism. Most noteworthy is that it is not necessary to study religions in order to practice or study yoga. It is also not mandatory to surrender your own religious beliefs so that you can practice yoga.

What is Religion?

Religion is the belief of a God and worshiping or praying to this God in some sort. In Yoga, there is no God, worshiping or temple, so it cannot really be a religion. As well, Yoga is universal and it is practiced in and by many religious groups. If yoga was a religion itself this would not be possible. In addition yo that  just one group would practice it. All religions around the world practice yoga. Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Catholics, and pretty much everyone practice yoga.There is no definite guide to say who can and cannot practice Yoga. The main focus of yoga is self-improvement, not religion.

In any religion, there is a system of beliefs, which are taught since a very young age. Anyone that grows up in a religious home will remember going to pray or worship. Religious beliefs and values is taught in the home. In Yoga, there are values, but these come from within. They are not taught at a young age by parents or teachers. If you look at parts of the Yoga Sutra it includes non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, and fidelity. Most noteworthy is that it is also just part of being a good human being.

Why is yoga not a Religion?

Yoga has no deity to worship.
Yoga has no worship services to attend.
It has no rituals to perform.
Yoga has no sacred icons.
Yoga has no creed or formal statement of religious belief.
It has no requirement for a confession of faith.
Yoga has no ordained clergy or priests to lead religious services.
Yoga has no institutional structure, leader or group of overseers.
It has no membership procedure.
Yoga has no congregation of members or followers.
Yoga has no system of temples or churches.

First of all it  will be helpful to consider the difference between the word “religion” and “spirituality.” Spirituality has to do with one’s interior life and one’s self and one’s place in the universe. It is seen as spirituality’s external counterpart. The fact that many yogis report spiritual experiences is amazing. However, it indicates how we might best view the ancient art. In addition to that most of the Westerners practice yoga mainly for health benefits. They only see yoga as a spiritual practice. But, without credos, yoga can’t properly be regarded as a religion. In order to say yoga as a religion, people who practice yoga should have their own religion

Yoga is a Spiritual Experience, not a Religion

Yoga classes vary based on the location of yoga studios. While some yoga studios feature the chanting of Hindu sutras, others will make vaguer references to a “life force” or “cosmic energy”. A session also might end with a greeting of “namaste” and a gesture of prayer. There will probably be a moment for meditation in yoga, where participants may have to repeat the sacred word “Om”. Buddhists and Hindus regard “Om” as a scared sound which brought the universe into being. In addition to that other classes may make no overt reference to spirituality at all.

Yoga as Religion

In the west, classes tend to be slower. They discuss much the physical benefits of each position in yoga. In addition to that, yoga competitions are also held which are judged by invited international teachers. Nepal Yoga Home is a yoga retreat in Nepal where you can get yoga training in Nepal and yoga teacher training in Nepal.

Yoga for Beginners : 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Yoga for Beginners : 5 Frequently Asked Questions

You have heard the benefits of yoga. Yoga helps to relax your mind body and soul. So you are new to yoga. We’ve got most of the answers for you. Yoga for beginners focuses on the relaxation and other benefits. This article answers the 5 common questions about yoga for beginners. Yoga helps you to go to a deeper practice and mindful meditation.

1. Actually, What Is Yoga?

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to bind. It is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have begun the practice of yoga. He compiled a book called Yoga Sutra. Patanjali compiled this book an estimated 2,000 years ago. It is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. The physical postures in yoga are designed to purify the body. In addition to that also provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

2. How Many Times Per Week Should I Practice Yoga?

Yoga is very amazing. You can experience the benefit of yoga after just a practice for a week. In addition to that you will certainly experience more benefits, if you do more. Yoga for beginner should start with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. It is also fine if you do 20 minutes per session. There is no time constraints or unrealistic goals Do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will be able to find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will want to do more and more.

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3. How Is Yoga Different From Other Kinds of Fitness?

Yoga is more than just physical postures, while fitness is about physical postures. Yoga contains physical practice. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique. Because in yoga, we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. In addition to that connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward.  We tend to become more aware of our experiences from moment after moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice. Most noteworthy is that it is more than a task or a goal. Your body will most likely become much flexible by doing yoga along with your mind.

4. Does Flexibility Matters in Yoga?

No. You don’t need to be so much flexible in Yoga. If you are not so much flexible, then yoga is for you. Most of the people think that they need to be flexible to start yoga. But that is a little bit like off thinking. Yoga wants you to come as you are and you can find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. Your strength and  coordination will balance your newfound agility . In addition to that your overall sense of physical confidence and well-being increases.

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5. What Do I Need as Yoga for Beginners?

You need your body and your mind to start yoga. In addition to that you need a bit of curiosity also. As regards clothing, you need a pair of yoga leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt. You will be barefoot, so no shoes or slippers is ok. You should bring a towel along with you to your yoga class. Also carry your own yoga mat but we also have yoga mats available for you.

Nepal Yoga Home, a pioneer yoga retreat in Kathmandu offers yoga class. Check out our yoga classes from beginner level to advanced level. There is also facility of yoga teacher training and yoga certification courses.

44 Benefits of Yoga in Kathmandu

44 Benefits of Yoga in Kathmandu

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,”. “Yuji” means union. Yoga is an ancient practice that combines together mind, body and soul. In addition to that yoga incorporates breathing exercises and meditation. Furthermore there are poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. There are many benefits of practicing yoga in Kathmandu. The benefits for both mental and physical health.

Kathmandu is the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. It is the largest metropolis in Nepal, with a population of 1.5 million in the city proper, and 3 million in its urban agglomeration across the Kathmandu Valley, which includes the towns of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur and the municipalities across Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region.

The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. The valley is historically termed as “Nepal Mandala” and has been the home of Newar culture, a cosmopolitan urban civilization in the Himalayan foothills. The city was the royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and hosts palaces, mansions and gardens of the Nepalese aristocracy.

Nepal Yoga Home is a pioneer yoga retreat in Kathmandu. We provide yoga in Nepal and yoga training in Nepal. Our retreat is just 5 kilometers from the main city Kathmandu. Yoga in Kathmandu is considered to be the best experience available that can give you once in a lifetime experience.

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44 Benefits of Yoga in Kathmandu

  1. Yoga provides you with mini-breaks from your busy life.
  2. It improves your relationships with those around you.
  3. Yoga helps build your stamina for all kinds of physical activities.
  4. Yoga makes you realize that you don’t really need to have yoga goals.
  5. It increases your strength of body.
  6. Yoga improves our balance of mind and body
  7. Yoga reduces aches and pains in the body.
  8. It makes you release old stuff from your past.
  9. Yoga gives you better quality sleep.
  10. Yoga heals injuries of the heart.
  11. It lets you cry if you need to.
  12. Yoga lets you laugh if you need to.
  13. Yoga helps you feel more centered throughout the day.
  14. It trains your mind to focus on one thing at a time.
  15. Yoga balances out-of-whack hormones.
  16. Yoga develops your courage to try and try and try.
  17. It improves your posture so you can stand tall and be proud.
  18. Yoga detoxifies your body, so you can feel rejuvenated.
  19. Yoga helps you discover your own quirky weirdness .
  20. It is anti-aging. It’s not a vampire thing. It’s a yoga thing.
  21. Yoga strengthens your immune system so you are not held back by the inconvenience of regular coughs and colds.
  22. It teaches you body awareness and makes you more comfortable in your own skin.

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  1. It makes you realize that perfection is not necessary.
  2. Yoga makes you realize that perfection is overrated.
  3. Yoga gives you a new perspective—we can work with each other; not against each other.
  4. It promotes forgiveness towards yourself. Guilt is a burden you can unload, you know!
  5. Yoga brings more awareness to how you feed your body so you can eat better for yourself and for the world you live in.
  6. Yoga lowers cortisol levels to keep you free from stress.
  7. It is there for you when you need it.
  8. Yoga is basically legitimate play time.
  9. It makes you feel the connection between yourself and those around you.
  10. Yoga helps ease back pain.
  11. Yoga reduces the need for some medications.
  12. It lowers blood pressure levels.
  13. Yoga improves your ability to sit still and stay still.
  14. Yoga eases the urge of wanting to scream at everyone when you’re stuck in traffic.
  15. It gives you a filter in which to see things clearly.
  16. Yoga massages your internal organs, which improves your body’s ability to fight off disease.
  17. Yoga gives you permission to surrender and let go.
  18. It teaches you the tools to heal the parts of yourself.
  19. Yoga helps you radiate beauty from the inside out.
  20. Yoga improves your blood circulation.
  21. It tones down hostility and temper issues as your mind and body learn to relax.
  22. Yoga makes you happy. And this, at the end of it all, is what really matters.

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