It has been said that learning a new language is like a spiritual journey in which we discover another culture. Studying the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit has an added benefit—it can assist you in going deeper in your yoga practice to reveal a greater understanding of the poses you’re perfecting.
Whether you’ve just started taking yoga classes or are already an experienced yogi, there’s plenty to discover about this mystical language. Here, we’ve broken down 40 common Sanskrit words and their meanings, so you can broaden your mind and confidently take to your mat.
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(love + devotion)
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(a spiritual teacher)
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(I bow to you.)
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(life force or breath extension)
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