Istiva is a Sanskrit word that means “supremacy” and “superiority.” It comes from the root syllable isa, which means “Lord.” In the context of yoga, it is one of the eight main siddhis that a yogi may attain through deep and prolonged meditation and other yoga practices. These siddhis are special abilities or non-ordinary capabilities that are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

The siddhi of istiva is the attainment of lordship or becoming the Lord, which includes supremacy over creation and the ability to destroy at will.

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