6 Sanskrit Words Every Yogi Would Appreciate ~
Have you heard your yoga teacher say a pose in a different language? They were probably speaking in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is an ancient language which used to be spoken in India and is now used only for literary and religious purposes. Also known as the “language of yoga”, Sanskrit terminology and concepts are pondered by yoga practitioners to help better understand the power of one’s actions. It is used to define poses and practices. Chanting Sanskrit mantras in this ancient language is very powerful because it focuses and calms one’s mind as well as promote overall well-being.
To help you get familiar with Sanskrit words that yoga practitioners will probably hear often in yoga classes, I have listed below 6 Sanskrit words every yogi would appreciate, definitely:
Asana means “seat”, a physical posture, the third limb (angal) of yoga and perhaps the most well known of the 8 Limbs. It is traditionally defined as a “comfortable seat”, a posture in which a practitioner should be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed. Asana is a yoga posture that helps improve health, strength, concentration, and balance.
“Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, “namaste” literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” Why do yoga teachers always conclude every practice by saying “Namaste”. The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head or by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect.
Ooooooohhhhhmmmmmm. OM is a mystic Sanskrit syllable considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers and texts. OM is considered to represent the primordial sound of the Universe. These mantras are more about the vibrational content than the meaning. It connects us to and carries the Divine in vibrational form, making our prayers and mantras more effective with its increased pranic energy. It also attunes us with our true nature.
The sanskrit word Shanti means peace, calmness, tranquility or bliss. When you chant “Om shanti shanti shanti,” it’s a calling for peace everywhere in the universe. You chant shanti three times to represent peace in body, speech, and mind.
Mantra is a sanskrit word for mind instrument. It is a sacred sound or phrase such as om, hum, or om namah shivaya, that has a transformative effect on the mind of the individual reciting it. It is a sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Mantra yoga is a type of yoga that uses mantras to awaken the self and deepen the meditative aspects of physical yoga practice. It is an exact science that engages the mind through focusing on sound, duration, and number of repetitions. Repetition of the mantra creates positive vibrations that benefit both the one who chants and the one who listens. Chanting mantras calms the mind, brings focus and is great for controlling the breath. Yogis benefit from this practice as it improves the overall health and mental stability.
Yoga is the sanskrit word for “union.” It is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” meaning to “join” or “to unite.” It is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga in sanskrit, means to completely know yourself and to be at peace in yourself. A natural blessedness unfolds in you as you feel this peace and you increasingly realize this as the core essence of your life. It is a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body.