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Yoga lingo

One of the fears of yoga is the lingo.  Sanskrit is after all, another language.  The most common in classes are probably these 5.

  1. Namaste – nama ‘bow’, as ‘I’, te, you – loosely translated, means ‘I bow to you’  The gesture represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us.  It is acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
  2. Asana – Literally, it means ‘seat’ or ‘sit’ as in to ‘sit in a posture that is relaxed but firm’ So taking that a bit further to mean ‘pose’ or ‘posture’
  3. Yoga – of course – this one is easy – yoga is the union of body, mind, and spirit.  The whole package of connection.
  4. Shanti – Peace.  Often chanted at the end of practices as ‘om shanti shanti shanti’ Shanti is chanted three times to represent peace in body, speech and mind.
  5. OM – is one of the most important spiritual symbols, it represents ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge.  The cosmic YES.

There you have it!

Blessings

Katherine

 

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