akhanda

origin Sanskrit, meaning indivisible, unbroken, entire, and whole

asana

the physical aspect of yoga composed of a series of postures

Bhramaree

origin Sanskrit, meaning bee; the practice of bhramaree breath is named for the humming/buzzing sound of bees

chakra

energy points residing in the subtle body which function to keep the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health of the body in balance

Hatha Raja

a class style created by Vishva-ji fusing movement (hatha yoga) and mindfulness (raja yoga) into a meditative class; incorporating soothing Brahmaree breathing, it is similar to an active restorative class

kosha

a layer or sheath; used in reference to the Five Koshas of the individual – the physical, pranic, mental/emotional, intuitive, and pure awareness

kriyas

origin Sanskrit, meaning action, deed, or effort; in Hatha yoga, kriya refers to various cleansing techniques

Kundalini

a class style fusing asana, oscillating movements, Tantric and Vedic Bija mantras, chakra visualization, and pranayama techniques; used as a safe and traditional way to raise Kundalini energy and human consciousness

mantra

a word, phrase, or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation, balance energy, or give honor/gratitude

nadis

subtle energy passageways spread throughout the body, believed to number in the hundreds of thousands

Ida and Pingala nadis

two of the major nadis, associated with each hemisphere of the brain; Pingala is the extroverted, solar nadi, and corresponds to masculine energy, Ida is the introverted, lunar nadi, and corresponds to feminine energy

prana

origin Sanskrit, meaning life force or life energy

pranayama

origin Sanskrit, meaning extension of prana (breath/life force); extension is achieved by increasing or instructing the breath

Yoga Nidra

a practice of deep relaxation, sometimes referred to as a waking sleep practice

Tantric/Vedic bija mantra

“seed” mantras from the Tantric and Vedic traditions; generally these mantras are single sounds or syllables (such as “OM”)