- Yoga connects the mind, the body and the spirit (will).
- Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to join”, “to yoke” or the union.
- Sanskrit is the official language of yoga.
- Ha means sun and tha means moon.
- Yoga combines asana (postures or poses), pranayama (breathing) and samyama (meditation and relaxation).
- A yogi is a male yoga practitioner whereas a yogini is a female yoga practitioner.
- Yoga is comprised of 8 limbs: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyhara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi.
- Prana is life force.
- The practice of pranayama means conscious yoga breathing.
- There are 8 pranayamas: Bhastrika; Ujjayi; Shitali; Shitkari; Plavini; Bhramari; Keval Kumbhak.
- Mudra are hand positions in yoga and meditation.
- Three bandhas (or locks) are typically held during asana: throat (Jalandhara Bandha), below the belly button (Uddiyana Bandha), and the pelvic floor (Moola Bandha).
- There are six kriyas practiced to purify the mind and the body: Kapalabhati breath (breath of fire); Neti (nasal); Trataka (eye exercises); Nauli (abdominal muscle); Dhouti (intestine cleanse); Vasti (rectum cleanse).
- The word Shanti in Sanskrit means peace.
- The meaning of the mantra “Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung” is Sun, Moon, Earth, Infinity. All that is in infinity. I am Thee.
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