Terminology

Yoga
Using both English and Sanskrit, the language of yoga can be confusing, Review the terms and concepts of yoga here.

Advaita star
Yoga evolved for the purpose of creating union, but what exactly does that mean? The concept of advaita can help us to understand the world in a different way.

Ananda star
A Sanskrit word meaning ‘joy,’ ananda is a perfect focus for yoga practice.

Namaste star
The spiritual emphasis of yoga can be summed up in a single word. Read on to find out why.

Setting An Intention star
It’s not uncommon to hear a teacher suggest that one ‘set an intention’ at the start of a yoga class. What, exactly, does that mean? And why is it important?

Some Thoughts on OM star
This small sound contains worlds. Take the time to respect its source, vibrations, and effects.

Sukha-Sthira-Asanam star
These three Sanskrit words embody Patanjali's directive for how to practice Yoga poses: simply and with ease. What exactly does the phrase mean?

The Meaning of Hatha star
Do you wonder why asana practice is called 'hatha yoga'? You are not alone. There are many different reasons given for the terminology. Here's some linguistic clarification, followed by a brief history of yoga texts and terms.

Why use Sanskrit? star
Do you use Sanskrit names to describe the poses in your practice? Some do and some don't. Consider both paths before choosing.

Yin Yoga Nomenclature star
Shakespeare once noted that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but in the yoga world, that’s not exactly true. In the Yin tradition, concepts and asanas are given different names to remind practitioners of the ways in which Yin Yoga differs from its Yang styles.

Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha star
....and with these four words, Patanjali begins the Yoga Sutras. Why? Read on to discover a key element of the yogic path.

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