Comprehensive list of yoga terms, meanings, and sanskrit translations for Hatha,  Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga & other forms
Term Meaning
Danda stick
Danda dhauti one of the cleansing techniques (shatkarmas), used to clean the oesophagus with a stick.
Danta dhauti teeth cleansing technique.
Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose, often used in Bikram yoga.
Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose, often used in Bikram yoga.
Dandayamana Dhanurasana Standing Bow Pulling Pose, often used in Bikram yoga.
Dandayamana JanuShirasana Standing Head to Knee Pose, often used in Bikram yoga.
Deva a god or being.
Devi additional name for the Great Mother.
Dhanurasana bow pose, backward bending yoga pose, , often used in Bikram yoga.
Dharana from the word dhri meaning "to hold firm", practice of concentration, or one-pointedness, sixth of the eight fold path in ashtanga yoga, the sixth of the eight stages of classical Yoga.
Dharma duty, righteous path, self-discipline, work, duty, or destiny, the life of responsibility and right action.
Darshan seeing a revered person or being either with physical sight or in vision.
Dhauti second of the shatkarmas, cleansing technique of the eyes, ears, forehead, tongue, stomach, esophagus, rectum and anus.
Dhyana meditation or contemplation, single-pointed focus of mind on either a form, thought or sound, quieting the mind, the seventh of the eight stages of classical Yoga.
Diksha initiation given by a guru.
Dosha the three humours of the body, see kapha, pitta, vata.
Drishti A focused gaze, is a means for developing concentration and balance. It also relates to the 5th limb of yoga, pratyahara, regarding sense withdrawal as well as the 6th limb dharana relating to concentration.
Dugdha neti nasal irrigation or cleaning technique with milk.
Dukha misery, unhappiness, pain
Durga goddess of truth.