8 Yoga Terms Beginners Can Easily Learn
Kala bhairavasana, adho mukha svanasana, and astavakrasana may all sound like a foreign language right now. And that’s OK! All the poses we just listed are another language: Sanskrit. This ancient Indo-European language of India has a 3,500-year history and is the primary language of most Hindu philosophy texts. It’s also the primary language for all the yoga poses you’ll experience during your practice.
Of the three listed above, two are part of an advanced yoga practice. One, however — adho mukha svanasana — is definitely part of yoga for beginners and you most likely recognize its other name: downward dog!
We’re fully aware that it can feel like stepping into another world with its own customs and language when you find yourself on a mat in our yoga studio. Just as with any foreign travel, however, you’ll adjust and get used to it. The best way to get used to it is through our yoga for beginners class in Tucson, podFLOW 1. Keep reading below to learn a few key phrases to start your foundation, and then visit our yoga studio today! Yoga in Tucson has never been better than it is with Yoga Pod. Check out our yoga class schedule, and, while you’re at it, check out What to Expect During Your First Yoga Class.
Asana means pose, and you’ll hear this Sanskrit word a lot. Just look at the three poses we listed off earlier: kala bhairavasana, adho mukha svanasana, and astavakrasana. All three end in -asana, indicating that they’re poses.
Did you notice the -asana? Well, this is a yoga pose! Whether it’s in our yoga studio or another, you’re sure to hear chaturanga dandasana a lot during your practice. Also known as four-limbed staff pose, this is essentially your yoga push-up.
Drishti is Sanskrit for a “focused gaze.” During difficult balances or poses, or even during moments when you just can’t seem to focus, it will help to find your drishti. While keeping your head in position, find an unmoving part of the room where you can look.
Most yoga instructors will end class in a seated position and say namaste, meaning “I bow to you.” This is a reminder to treat everyone with respect, both in and out of the yoga studio.
Technically defined as “energy control,” pranayama refers to breathwork within your yoga practice. During yoga for beginners, vinyasa yoga, hot yoga, or any other yoga class, you’ll be encouraged to focus on your breath through pranayama.
What was that about focusing on your breath? Ujjayi breath is one of the most popular kinds of pranayama. Meaning “victorious breath,” this deep breathing in and out of your nose (with its signature sound in your throat) will help you feel strong and get deeper into poses.
This pose is known as “corpse pose” in English, but trust us when we say it’s not scary! At the end of your yoga class, you’ll lie flat on your back in savasana and simply breathe and relax. This is an important time for restoring breath, muscle recovery, rejuvenation, and so much more.
You may hear the term “vinyasa yoga” often, and you may even attend vinyasa classes after feeling confident during yoga for beginners. Vinyasa simply means “flow,” and it refers to repeating a yoga flow or sequence several times during class.
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