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Glossary

You will notice that many of the terms listed below, and used throughout this website, are in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where much spiritual wisdom was born.

AngyaThe sixth chakra, located at the level of the forehead
AnahatThe fifth chakra, located at the level of the heart
AumThe primordial sound of energy in the universe, also used as a mantra during meditation to increase the flow of energy and balance our chakras and channels
ChakraCenters of energy, spinning in a clockwise direction within the body, that govern physical, mental and spiritual well-being
Ida Nadi “Left channel” – the pathway that carries our subtle energy running along the 
left side of the spine
KundaliniResidual evolutionary energy residing in the sacrum bone in each human being
MantraA spoken word or group of words uttered during meditation, designed to enhance the flow of vibrations and balance our subtle system. 
MooladharaThe first chakra, or root chakra, located at the base of the spine
NabhiThe third chakra, located at the level of the upper abdomen
NirvicharaSanskrit term for the state of thoughtless awareness
Pingala Nadi “Right channel” – the pathway that carries our subtle energy running along the right side of the spine

SahasraraThe seventh chakra, or crown chakra, located at the top of the head
SahajaSanskrit term meaning “spontaneous” or “born with”
Self-RealizationThe spiritual event where one’s Kundalini energy awakens and pierces through the top of the head, uniting one with the primordial energy all around us. 

Sushumna Nadi “Central channel” – the pathway that carries our subtle energy that runs along the spine
Subtle System The network of chakras, channels and Kundalini energy within each person
SwadisthanThe second chakra, located at the level of the lower abdomen
Thoughtless AwarenessThe state of consciousness in which one is mentally silent
VibrationsThe gentle physical sensations a self-realized person feels as a manifestation of the flow of energy throughout the subtle system
Vibratory Awareness The ability one develops after self-realization to physically feel the flow of energy throughout the subtle system
VishuddhiThe fifth chakra, located at the level of the throat
YogaDerived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” or “yoke,” meaning the union of one’s energy with the primordial energy all around us.

Sahaja Yoga is practiced worldwide. Meditation classes are offered free of charge at various locations. Classes are run by experienced meditation practitioners who volunteer their time to share the knowledge they have received.


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