Haṭha-yoga

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Haṭha-yoga. Originally a part of Rāja-yoga as taught by Patañjali, but now frequently detached as a yoga to seek mental and physical health. Its purpose is to locate and activate the cakras (centres of energy) and thus to raise the kuṇḍalinī (dormant spiritual power) to life.