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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…

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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: 

Asana: 

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.

 

Prana: 

Breath/Energy/Vital life force.

 

Pranayama: 

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

 

Bandha: 

Internal muscle lock. See my post all about bandhas!

 

Suryanamaskara:

“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”.

 

Shavasana: 

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

 

Namaste: 

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.

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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.

 

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