Body Harmony Yoga

Sanskrit Glossary
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Asana - one of the "eight limbs of yoga"; means yoga posture

Ashram - place or community setting where yoga is practiced

Asthanga - athletic style of yoga, popularly known as Power Yoga, that emphasizes strength, stamina, flexibility and the movement of heat around the body

Bandha - energy lock

Bhujangasana - cobra posture used in the sun salutation exercise sequence

Chakras - physical or spiritual energy centers located along the spine, above the head, as well as in the hands and feet

Dharana - one of the "eight limbs of yoga" that means "concentration"

Dhyana - one of the "eight limbs of yoga" that means "meditation"

Guru - yoga master or one that guides you from the darkness to the light;        a "gu remover"

Hatha - yogic system of bodily control, consisting of physical exercises

Iyengar - hatha yoga practice that emphasizes structure and alignment using props

Jnana - yogic system of knowledge moving towards wisdom

Kapalabhati - cleansing breathing exercise that literally means "skull shining"

Karma - yogic system believing that everything you do, say or think has an immediate effect on the universe and in you

Kundalini - hatha yoga practice that emphasizes breath work (specifically moving the breath along the spine to stimulate different energy centers)

Mantra - meditative sound or prayer consisting of a syllable or word(s)

Meditation - a soulful experience with best results when practiced at regular times each day, 5 to 30 minutes, 1 to 3 times daily

Namaste - traditional greeting (prayer like gesture) given at the end of  practice meaning "I salute the divine light within you"

Niyama - one of the "eight limbs of yoga" that refers to self observation

Om (aum) - a sacred symbol used as a mantra meaning universal oneness

Pranayama - one of the "eight limbs of yoga" that refers to deep breathing exercises or breath control

Pratyahara - one of the "eight limbs of yoga" that refers to a withdrawing     of the senses

Samadhi - one of the "eight limbs of yoga" that refers to a state of joy and peace

Sanskrit - ancient terms of over 2500 years, considered to be "Language of  the Gods"

Sukasana - easy sitting posture

Surya Namaskara - "sun salutation" which is a series of flowing postures done as gratitude towards the sun

Tadasana - mountain posture used in the sun salutation exercise sequence

Tantra - yogic system that promotes heightened sexual pleasure

Trikonasana - triangle posture sometimes known as the "happy pose"

Ujjayi - deep and audible "drawing breath" exercise

Vriksasana - tree posture

Yama - one of the "eight limbs of yoga" that refers to ethical disciplines

Yogi - a gender neutral term used to describe "a person who practices yoga". "Yogin" specifically refers to a male student and "yogini" is used for a female practitioner

Yoga - means "union" or "to yoke"