Agni: The metabolic fire that that governs transformation of food through digestion, assimilation & absorption.
Ashtanga: An eight-limb philosophy derived from the Yoga Sutras and established by Patabhi Jois, serving as a guide to enlightenment.
Ahimsa: Non-violence, a niyama.
Ama: Toxins that build up in the body, often as a result of poorly or partially digested food particles.
Asana: Postures; the physical portion of yoga, most often emphasized in the West.
Ayurveda: The science of longevity.
Chakras: A system of 7 energies that corresponds to our endocrine system as well as our emotions.
Dyhana: Meditation; an opportunity to raise consciousness & bring awareness to the present moment by observing the patterns of the mind.
Dosha: A subtype used to describe one's physical & emotional states of wellness based on patterns of energy. The three subtypes, Vata, Pitta & Kapha, are based on the characteristics of ether, air, fire, water & earth. Doshic Theory is the foundation of all Ayurvedic understanding.
Kapha: The dosha associated with earth + water; heavy, slow, stable.
OM: Pronounced "a-u-m"; chanted to evoke the vibration of the universe.
Pitta: The dosha associated with fire + water; bright, energetic, focused.
Prakruti: Your most balanced state.; the ratio of elements (doshas) that you are born with; Also referred as you "constitution."
Pranayama: Life force energy that is carried in the breath
Rishis: 'Seers'; those connected to the authentic & unchanging wisdom of the universe.
Vata: The dosha associated with wind + ether; light, quick, dry.
Vedas: the storehouse of all yogic wisdom established in the form of revelations from ancient Rishis.
Vikruti: Your current state of imbalance. (Most helpful when compared to prakruti).
Yamas & Niyamas: Moral Restraints & Personal Observances.
Yoga: Union; A holistic science of integration.
Yoga Sutras: The oldest yoga texts written by Patanjali in the form of great wisdom conveyed in small aphorisms; the first systematized teachings of 'classical yoga'.