No matter your experience or familiarity with yoga, becoming familiar with its key terms can deepen your knowledge and appreciation for this ancient discipline. From basic movements to spiritual concepts, yogic terms often hold deeper significance that encourage mindfulness and self-awareness in daily life.
Yoga teachers typically provide both Sanskrit and English translations of key yoga terms used during classes, making learning this unfamiliar language much less daunting for beginners. But learning such a movement-related tongue may still prove intimidating at first.
Asana (AH-suh-nuh) --Asana is one of the eight limbs of yoga and refers to physical poses within classes as well as styles like Hatha or Vinyasa yoga.
Pranayama (prah-nuhm-aya) -- In yoga, pranayama refers to the control of breathing. The goal of pranayama is to release stress and promote mindfulness. One form of pranayama meditation is the Ujjayi Breathing Technique which is one example.
Bhakti (pronounced bh-koo-tee) yoga is a path of unwavering devotion to one or more deities, also referred to as love for love's sake.
Koshas (pronounced koh-shuhs) - Yogis aim to break through these five sheaths to achieve closer proximity with their true selves and be closer to who they truly are.