Yoga Terms Explained
If you’re new to yoga (or even if you’re not), you may have heard words in class that you don’t recognize. In rare occasions it might seem like your teacher is speaking in a language you’ve never heard - in fact, the language of yoga is Sanskrit, which is the root of many Indian languages one of the oldest human languages of all. Well its always better to do your home work before you start your class, and a personal suggestion perhaps understanding a few words in advance will help you with your hesitations before adapting yoga as a lifestyle
"And if you mix up between Chaturangas and Chimichangas* this article is just for you"
*One is a yoga pose, the other is a Mexican dish
Lets start with the few basic terms:
1. Yoga: Yoga is a Sanskrit word derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj" which means to connect, join or balance. It is a very broad term but to put in a simpler context, it can be defined a set of practice for physical harmony & health and mental balance.
2. Asanas: Asana is a Sanskrit term which is often translated as “posture” or “pose.” Asana can also be translated as “a steady, comfortable seat,” particularly for the purpose of meditation and in later interpretation, the meaning now includes reclining, standing, inverted, twisting, or balancing along with the seated poses
3. Chakra: Chakra comes from the Sanskrit, 'cakra', which means "wheel." According to yoga traditions, a chakra is one of seven points in the human body, each responsible for a specific "spoke" of physiological function and emotional experience. Yoga and meditation are a means of keeping all of the body’s chakras unrestricted and open to the circulation of spiritual energy essential for health and emotional well-being.
(More descriptive blog on Chakras coming soon)
4.Core: Often misinterpreted as the abdominal muscle
Most yogis seem to look at the core as both a precise physical and an energetic space, a place to be worked with both asana and attention.
5. Namaste: Namaste is derived from the Sanskrit 'nama', meaning "bow," and te, meaning "to you." A common salutation and valediction in the Hindu culture, namaste literally means, "I bow to you."On a more profound level, namaste signifies one soul recognizing and honoring the holiness of another. The salutation is often offered by yoga instructors at the beginning or conclusion of a class.
6.Om: Om is a very simple sound with a complex/multitude meaning,
In the Hindu tradition, the sound om is said to contain the entire universe. Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates along with the nature.
In addition the vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also have a physical affect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. When the mind is relaxed, your blood pressure decreases and ultimately the health of your heart improves.