Well, actually, the language of Yoga is the most beautiful ancient language known as Sanskrit. Often when a yogi is new to the wonderful world of Yoga, it may seem daunting to hear so many new terms. Yoga teachers maintain the authenticity of our ancient teachings by retaining some of the original terms. This adds to the colourful history and beauty of a system aimed at cultivating health, well-being and deep inner peace.
Here are some basics to start you off…
OM – the sound of life, and the dance of the Universe. OM isn’t a word, it is a sound… and it centres the mind and helps us to focus on being present
ASANA – a yoga pose or posture
PRANA – life energy; yogis aim to bring prana into their lives through a good diet, positive living, meditation and slow, deep breathing
PRANAYAMA – yoga breathing exercises
NAMASTE – a greeting that honours the beauty and perfection reflected in another
SHANTI – peace
SAVASANA – (said Shuh-va-sa-na) Everyone’s favourite pose; helps the body to assimilate and relax after a class, restores the mind to peaceful balance and helps move toxins out of the body
There you have it. A good beginner’s guide to words you’ll definitely hear “on the mat”. Like any
new friend, yoga takes time to get to know. However, like any life-affirming relationship, yoga gives
you what you put in. We look forward to seeing you on the mat.
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