A Sanskrit Glossary For Anyone Who Practices Yoga
Looking to expand your knowledge about this ancient language and take your yoga practice to a deeper level? This is the place to begin.
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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 does that and more—it can help reveal a greater understanding of the yoga poses and the larger practice of yoga that extends beyond the physical postures.
Whether you’ve just started taking yoga classes or have been studying yoga for years, there’s plenty to discover about this mystical language. Here, we’ve broken down 40 common Sanskrit words and their meanings.
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Rina Deshpande is a teacher, writer, and researcher of yoga and mindfulness practices. Having grown up with Indian yoga philosophy, she rediscovered its profound value as a New York City public school teacher. For more than 15 years, she has practiced and shared the benefits of yoga across the globe. After studying yoga and mindfulness as self-regulation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she designs curriculum for science research and K–12 education. She is the author of Jars of Space, a book of handwritten and illustrated yogic poetry. Learn more at @rinathepoet or rinadeshpande.com.
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