If one of your first yoga classes or if you’re wearing and a few and still a little absorbed or surprised by the vocabulary used, this post can help you in your beginnings.
10 words you will listen to in a yoga class
- asana, ah-sah-na = sit or stable physical posture. Each of the postures performed in a yoga class has a specific name. Although some teachers translate them to your language, it is common to listen them in Sanskrit.
- bandha, bahn-dah. To close or tighten some muscles. Usually it refers to “banhda mule” or “root chakra”. The aim is to control the flow of your energy for your physical body, closing certain parts of your body to leave the energy inside.
- Chakra, wheel, one of the physical and subtle energy centers of our body. The energy flowing through our body tends to lock in some specific areas of the body. 7 chakras in yoga are identified, but according to the philosophy can speak only on 5 or many more if you take into account the spiritual chakras.
- Mantra, “behind the mind”. It consists of repeating some words or devotionals syllables in order to stop our mind and unify our hearts. To enter a meditative state it is easier if we start with a physical posture, we follow with a mental exercise.
- Om. Aum – aah-ooh-mm – heaven, earth and consciousness, or life, breathing and consciousness. Mantra which usually begins a yoga class and even finishes. Sound that connects us to the universe, creation, life.
- Pranayama, praw-nah-yah-mah – controls breathing. Prana is the breath. Each asana in a yoga class is associated to a breath exercise. Although we usually try to perform the asana correctly, the true philosophy of yoga comes when we focus our attention on the breath in pranayama. Getting to relax our body and mind and entering in a meditative state.
- Savasana, shah-sah-nah-vah – resting posture stretched. This word in Sanskrit is one of the most rapidly learn. After a yoga class full of asanas, many of them unimaginable for us, relaxation in the savasana posture is welcome.
- Tadasana, tah-dah-sah-na = mountain pose. Standing position, vertical, to start physical practice.
- Utkatasana, oot-kah-tah-sah-na = position of the chair. Posture simple to perform, although are you up to keep it up for five minutes? Like in the movie of your inner warrior
- Vinyasa, vin-yah-sah – A concrete serie of postures or asanas. In according to yoga classes you’ll hear this word to identify a particular set of asanas that include jumps and twists.