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Granthi

Granthi is a Sanskrit word that translates as ‘knot,’ ‘doubt’ or ‘a difficult knot to untie.’ It is an important concept within spirituality, and yoga in particular, as it explores the idea that we can be prevented from rising and achieving our full potential as a result of these...
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Goraksha

The first-ever written text on Hatha yoga, the ‘Goraksha Samhita,’ or ‘Goraksha Paddhati,’ can be attributed to Goraksha. An Indian sage, he is a semi-legendary figure who is said to have lived in the 9th or 10th century and is believed to have been a student of Matsyendra - the...
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Duhkha or ‘Dukka

Duhkha or ‘Dukka’ refers to the ever-present issue of suffering which is a key part of being alive. It is a key concept in Buddhism, and translates as ‘pain,’ ‘suffering,’ ‘stress’ or ‘unsatisfactoriness.’ The idea is that everyday living consists of suffering, and that...
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Atman - Yoga Lingo

In Sanskrit, ‘Atman’ is the phrase for ‘self’ or ‘soul.’ It forms part of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy, where it is the first principle: the ‘true’ self. This idea, of a ‘true’ self or soul, refers to the part of an individual human being which forms their very...
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Anga - Yoga Lingo

Anga is a Sanskrit word that translates as ‘limb.’ The term also received fame as the name of a historical kingdom in the Indian subcontinent. This kingdom is believed to have existed between approximately 1100 and 500 BCE. The name is thought to have been derived from the alleged...
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