YOGA TEACHER TRAINING: Basic Yoga Mythology & Philosophy



Sanskrit, mythology + philosophy.


How well are you versed in the aspects of yoga which consist of mythology and philosophy? From deities to the subtle body, test your knowledge, test your friends, or practice for your YTT exam with the 'fill-in-the-blank" questions below.  Answers are provided in sequential order directly following the questions. 

A collection of hymns that constitute the oldest sanskrit texts, written some 3,500 years ago, are the four ______________.

The great tantric yogi ___________ is one of the main 3 Hindu deities and the energy of destruction.

A type of prāṇāyāma which produces a sound by the constricting of the throat called ___________ translates to “overcoming” or “victorious.”

Subtle energy channels called __________ are pathways that allow for the flow of _________ which can be influenced through various breathing techniques. These channels meet and intertwine at “wheel-like” energy centers called __________ .

A collection of 13 texts called the ________________ are the source of the ________ school of philosophy concerned with ‘truth’ realizationwhich is transmitted between a guru and a student whom sits at his feet.

_______ is the true-self or soul, which is said to be free of the ignorance which characterizes the ego.

This fire principle, ____________, is also a messenger deity that features largely in the Vedas.

A holistic system of medicine from India called __________ is said to be 5,000 years old and teaches the science of life.

______________ is a term meaning seal which usually refers to particular gestures of the hands.

A divine incarnation of _______________ who first appears in the sacred Hindu text ______________ of the Mahābhārata, (in English: Divine Song) and teaches the 3 main yogas is named _________________.  
* bonus: list the 3 yogas

 A sacred sound or utterance is called a ________________. 

So, how'd you do?



Vedas, Shiva, ujjayi, nadis, prana, chakras, Upanishads, Vedanta, atman, agni, Ayurveda, mudra, Vishnu, Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, mantras
*The three yogas: Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga

Answers with diacritics included:
Vedas, Śiva, ujjāyī, nāḍī, prāṇa, cakra, Upaniṣad, Vedānta, ātman, agni, Āyurveda, mudrā, Viṣṇu, Bhagavad Gītā, Kṛṣṇa, mantra
*The three yogas: Karma Yoga, Jñāna Yoga, Bhakti Yoga


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