Ashtangayoga, Ashtanga-yoga, Aṣṭāṅgayoga: 4 definitions

Introduction

Ashtangayoga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Aṣṭāṅgayoga can be transliterated into English as Astangayoga or Ashtangayoga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग).—Yama, Niyama, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhyāna, Dhāraṇā and Samādhi. Yama. That which prevents the yogīs from doing prohibited things. Ahiṃsā, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacarya and Aparigraha are yamas. (See full article at Story of Aṣṭāṅgayoga from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग).—Consists of āsana, prāṇarodha, pratyāhāra, dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, together with yamas and niyamas.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa 104. 24-25.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: academia.edu: The Śāradātilakatantra on Yoga

Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग) is explained by Lakṣmaṇadeśika in his 11th-century Śaradātilaka as yoga consisting of eight limbs, listed as:

  1. yama,
  2. niyama,
  3. āsana,
  4. prāṇāyāma,
  5. pratyāhāra,
  6. dhāraṇā,
  7. dhyāna
  8. samādhi.

Thus they are identical with those found in the Yogasūtras of Patañjali (2.29). However, while the Yogasūtras list five yamas and five niyamas (2.30, 2.32), the Śaradātilaka lists ten each (7–9ab).

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग) refers to “eightfold yoga process, consisting of yama (control of the mind and senses), niyama (following rules and regulations of yoga practice), āsana (bodily postures), prānāyama (breath control), pratyāhāra (withdrawal of the mind from sensory perception), dhāraṇā (steadying the mind), dhyāna (meditation) and samādhi (trance)”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग) refers to:—The yoga system consisting of eight parts: yama (the process of controlling the senses), niyama (restrain of the senses), āsana (bodily postures), prāṇāyāma (breath control), pratyāhāra (withdrawal of the mind from sensory perception), dhāraṇā (steadying the mind), dhyāna (meditation) and samādhi (deep and unbroken absorption on the Lord in the heart). (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

aṣṭāṅgayōga (अष्टांगयोग).—m S Yoga or Austere devotion in its eight branches or modes. See the eight under aṣṭavidhasamādhi. Ex. aṣṭāṅgayōgābhyāsēṃ || citta nirmaḷa hōya āpaisēṃ ||

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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