One of the fears of yoga is the lingo. Sanskrit is after all, another language. The most common in classes are probably these 5.
- 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.
- 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’
- Yoga – of course – this one is easy – yoga is the union of body, mind, and spirit. The whole package of connection.
- 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.
- 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!