10 Sanskrit Words You Hear in Yoga Class (& What they mean!)

10 Sanskrit Words You Hear at Yoga (& What they Mean!)

Ever been to a yoga class and had zero idea what language the teacher is speaking?

You certainly wouldn’t be alone! Many students let the Sanskrit, an ancient Hindi dialect used to describe poses or yogic concepts, wash right over them. And whilst it isn’t necessary to know any of this language at all to enjoy a spot of yoga, it can be a useful way to advance your yoga practice and get closer to its history and philosophy.

Here are 10 of the most commonly used Sanskrit words in yoga along with a short definition of each.

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15 Ways Yoga Transforms Your Body

You probably feel much better after a yoga class, but have you ever stopped to think about why? Here are the physical and mental benefits of stepping on your yoga mat.

You probably feel better both physically and mentally after a yoga class, but have you ever stopped to think about what’s going on in that bod of yours after you’ve stepped off the mat? I’ve found learning about the benefits of yoga during my yoga teacher training course absolutely fascinating! Here are just some of the benefits that a regular practice can provide you with – better than any pill I ever heard of!

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What Does “Setting an Intention for Your Yoga Practice?” Really Mean?

yoga intention 3.pngSetting an intention… huh?!

For years I thought (or pretended) to understand what my yoga teacher meant when he or she invited us to “set an intention for your practice”. I’d usually choose a “goal” for something I wanted in my life; ‘calm’ or ‘less stress’ or ‘relaxed’ and then usually not think about it again for the rest of the class.

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14 Gift Ideas for Yogis / Yoga Lovers

gift ideas for yogis and yoga loversDecember 14th already? Shoot, I’m more behind with my Christmas shopping than I thought! Luckily, so are my BFF and husband who have both asked me what I want for Christmas and my January birthday this past week. It got me thinking – what is a good gift for a yoga lover?

Here’s a compilation of my favourite online finds.

(Pssst… send this list to your other half when she/he asks what you want!)

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher (200hr YTT) – Choosing a programme in the UK

So this came in the post today!

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A letter of acceptance for my application to Camyoga’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I’m soooooo excited!

Why I’ve Decided to Take the Leap

I’ve been dreaming of doing my YTT forever. I started playing around with yoga when I first moved to Japan 10 years ago. Over the next couple of years I found myself practicing almost daily. I’ve been hooked ever since, attending classes in California, Seattle, here in Cambridge and always when I travel – my favourite view was from this class in Queenstown, New Zealand:

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Cambridge vs. Bali?!

I’m not sure why but my YTT dream saw me attending an intensive training programme somewhere in Asia. Probably because I’m a complete Asia-phile and something about training closer to its Eastern roots appealed to me. So when I had a baby this summer, my dream seemed rather distant. I couldn’t imagine leaving him for 2-3 weeks anytime soon, so I pushed the thought to the back of my head.

And then hubby dropped the bombshell that we’d be moving to Taiwan with his work for 3 months this autumn. “Ooooooh”, said a little voice inside of me. “Perhaps I can do my YTT there while my Mother in Law babysits?” Cue frantic Google searches.

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