Eagle Pose, often used in Bikram and other forms of yoga.
a famous Vedic mantra recited particularly at sunrise
clarified butter that originated in South Asia often made from the milk of water buffalo.
one of three major manuals of classical hatha yoga, composed in the seventeenth century; cf. Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika, Shiva-Samhita
ghrita neti –
neti (nasal cleansing technique) performed with ghee.
cow’s face’ posture
traditionally said to be the founding adept of hatha yoga, a disciple of Matsyendra
Yogi Gorakhnath’s’ pose
any one of three common blockages in the central pathway (sushumna-nadi) preventing the full ascent of the serpent power (kundalini-shakti); the three knots are known asbrahma-granthi (at the lowest psychoenergetic center of the subtle body), the vishnu-granthi (at the heart), and the rudra-granthi (at the eyebrow center)
quality of nature viz. tamas, rajas, sattwa
a term that has numerous meanings, including “virtue”; often refers to any of the three primary “qualities” or constituents of nature (prakriti)
qualities of natural phenomena, everything in the universe exhibits these three qualities in varying degrees.
one who has gone beyond the three gunas.
the ‘secret’ pose
spiritually enlightened soul, who can dispel darkness, ignorance and illusion from the mind and enlighten the consciousness of a devotee/disciple, Teacher, spiritual preceptor, spiritual teacher.
a spiritual teacher; cf. acarya
one who brings us from darkness to light; a spiritual mentor
a disciple’s self-transcending devotion to the guru; see alsobhakti
a text in praise of the guru, often chanted in ashramas
worlds or universes where gurus reside.
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