NAMA-WHAT? 7 WORDS TO KNOW IN YOGA CLASS
Ever walked into a yoga class and have no idea what your teacher is even saying. Yoga teachers love to throw in Sanskrit terms here and there. While that is amazing when it comes to learning about the origin of yoga and yoga culture, it can totally throw you off your concentration. Here’s a quick explanation of some commonly used terms to help you through your next yoga class.
Prana refers to breath and yama means to control or to hold. So, when your teacher references pranayama, they are usually helping you breathe as you flow, synchronizing your breath with your movement.
Mantras are repeated words or syllables, and your yoga teacher may suggest you start or end a day with a mantra to control your mind and focus on one thing.
An asana is a pose – like Tree Pose for example. Tree Pose is an asana.
Vinyasa refers to a sequence of poses or asanas.
If your yoga teacher asks you to stand in Tadasana, they’re asking you to stand in Mountain Pose.
This one is often the finale of your yoga class, and it refers to Corpse Pose.
Namaste means “my soul honors your soul” and is often used as a respectful saying similar to “Aloha” in that it both begins and ends a conversation.
Feeling more prepared to conquer your next yoga class? Team 30Fifteen hopes so! Namaste.