Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Daksini Mean?

Daksini is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as “south” or “take right.” It is also sometimes spelled dakshini.

Daksini is one of six directions commonly referred to in yogic philosophy and terminology. The other directions are uttar, purva, paschima, adhara and urdhva. They refer to north, south, east and west as well as up and down.


Yogapedia Explains Daksini

When the word is used in yoga asana especially, south or daksini is considered to be the direction of the right side of the body, while the front, purva, is east, the back, pashima, is west and the left side, uttar is north. However, daksini also has associations with the root, base and foundations of the body, sometimes known as adhara, which is the downwards direction. Its opposite, uttar, tends to be connected with “up” or “towards the crown."

The origins of the directions being described in this way has its roots in the ancient yogic text, the Varaha Purana, which explains that Daskina, along with Purva, Paschima, Uttara, Urdhva and Adhara were the names of six divine women, created by Lord Brahma during his early phase of creation.

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