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Yoga Glossary of Terms

  • Medical Author: Rick Kulkarni, MD
  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Terms Used in Yoga

  • Asana: a low physical impact posture practiced in yoga
  • Aum: Sanskrit word meaning "all" represents the omnipresence of Paramatma (the supreme spirit)
  • Chakra: a point of intersection of the main channels of energy flow in the body (Chakras regulate the functioning of the body and correspond to the major endocrine glands in the body.)
  • Guru: teacher; spiritual preceptor
  • Hatha yoga: the path of yoga that starts with the practice of asanas
  • Karma yoga: the path of yoga that starts with emphasis on performing one's duty (action)
  • Kundalini: latent energy lying dormant at the base of the spinal column
  • Kundalini yoga: the path of yoga that starts with meditation
  • Maharishi: a great sage
  • Mudra: a seal; a sealing posture
  • Nadi: a tubular organ of the subtle body through which the energy flows
  • Nauli: a process in which the abdominal muscles and organs are made to move in a surging motion
  • Patanjali: name of the first writer of the yoga philosophy
  • Prana: breath; life; vitality
  • Pranayama: the rhythmic regulation of breath
  • Raja yoga: the path of yoga that starts with psychic control of the mind
  • Rishi: an inspired sage
  • Sadhana: quest
  • Surya: the sun
  • Yoga: union (The aim of yoga is to practice the means by which the human soul may be completely united with the supreme spirit.)
  • Yogi: one who follows the path of yoga

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