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Intro to Yoga: Sanskrit

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Part one of a three part series: INTRO TO YOGA.

This series is for all you newbies out there and perhaps you yogis who just want to get a little deeper into the true wisdoms of yoga. This post will be all about Yoga terminology and specifically Sanskrit.

I thought you guys might like to know some words to help you to get the most out of each yoga class. So here are my ten Sanskrit words I think every yogi should know…



What is Sanskrit?

Sanskrit is one of the most ancient Indo-Aryan languages and is regarded as sacred in India. It is the language in which yoga lives, breathes and flows.


10 Sanskrit words every yogi must know: 


Seat but most commonly translated to mean “posture” or “pose”.


Tadasana : 

Tada = mountain. Tadasana = “Mountain pose”. A basic standing posture and the one you are most likely to come into in a Yoga practice.


Ujjayi Pranayama: 

“Victorious breath”. A lengthening, deepening and sharpening of the nasal breath, through a gentle contraction at the back of the throat. It is the nasal breathing we use throughout our yoga practice.



Breath/Energy/Vital life force.



Breath control done through specific exercises. In which you are restraining and manipulating the breath. Consisting of inhalation, exhalation and retention.



Internal muscle lock. See my post all about bandhas!



“Sun salutation”. The dynamic yoga sequence in class where you salute the sun, warm up and energise the body! Probably the most famous yoga sequence.


Yogash Chitta Vrita Nirodaha: 

Not a single word but Patanjalis famous definition of yoga found in the Yoga Sutras. Meaning “Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”.



“Corpse pose”. The most important one to know… obviously.



A greeting or salutation usually with the hands in prayer. Meaning “the divine in me salutes the divine within you” and is a beautiful ending to a yoga practice.



These are just a few Sanskrit words but if you start to become aware of these in your yoga classes then everything else will begin to click.

Sanskrit helps you to have a deeper experience with yoga. Helping you to understanding its true nature and origin. Plus on a physical level understanding the sanskrit names for postures helps your understanding of the pose itself.


Ro x


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