Definition - What does Goddess Yoga mean?
Goddess yoga is a term that describes various yoga experiences that invoke or awaken goddess power and energy. Yogis may visualize the goddess, meditate on her, chant mantras or her bija mantra or practice asanas that awaken the feminine energy called shakti.
The focus of goddess yoga can be on goddess power in general, the great mother goddess or specific goddesses or avatars of the mother goddess, such as Durga, Lakshmi, Kali and Sarasvati. A yoga practice focused on the goddesses taps into the energies of strength, love, peace and wisdom. The goals are happiness and healing.
Yogapedia explains Goddess Yoga
Master instructor Sianna Sherman has developed an online course that uses the name Goddess Yoga. It is designed to deepen the yogi's practice and develop his or her inner goddess. An online course, it profiles the four major goddesses and teaches mantras, mudras, pranayama and asanas that invoke the energy of each specific goddess. For example, to tap into Lakshmi's love, practice padma mudra in lotus or half lotus pose. Another way to invoke Lakshmi is to chant shreem, the goddess's bija mantra.
Goddess Yoga is also the name of a style of yoga class that combines belly dancing with traditional yoga poses to create dynamic movement with flowing asanas, but also includes pranayama and meditation. It's a practice based in Kundalini yoga.
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