Common words you will hear in yoga class

From your very first Yoga class you will start to hear some new and sometimes strange sounding words being spoken (Bhanda what?!).  Every teacher is different and some might not even talk all that much while other’s talk the whole way through, it’s all good stuff.  

We’ve put together a few of the most common words so you can become familiar with them and concentrate on your practice instead of wondering where exactly your Asana is located…

Common words used in a yoga classASANA: Yoga postures, such as Mountain (Downward Facing Dog) or Tree Pose.

PRANAYAMA: Yoga breathing techniques to balance and energise mind, body and spirit.

MUDRA: Energetic gestures such as placement of hands and fingers in meditation.

MANTRA: Sound and the use of words chanted repeatedly in meditation.

PRANA: Life force.  The universal energy and life of everyone and everything.

BHANDHA: To hold, lock and tighten.  There are 3 principle bandhas and 1 that combines the 3 bandhas together.  The Mula Bandha is located in the pelvic floor area for woman and between the testes and anus for men, the Uddiyana Bandha is in the abdominal wall area, the third Jalandhara Bandha is located in the throat area and then finally Maha Bandha is, as mentioned, the use of all 3 at once.  Learning to incorporate your bhandhas early in your practice will deepen your practice on many different levels and prevent injury.

CHAKRA: The energy centres of the body.  There are 7 chakras, starting at the base of your spine and finishing at the top of your head, each has it’s own colour and affects different areas of your life: mind, body and spirit; physical, emotional and spiritual. Learn more here  

AYURVEDA: The Indian science of health and medicine (Ayur = life and veda = science or knowledge).  The belief being that health and wellness depend on the delicate balance of the mind, body and spirit.

MEDITATION: A state of thoughtless awareness or quietening of the mind.  A useful practice to relieve stress and anxiety, and soooo much more…

NAMASTE: A gesture of eyes closed, head down and hands in prayer pose at the heart chakra.  It is usually initiated by the teacher at the end of a Yoga Class, and then returned to the teacher by the students.  Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you = I bow to you.  

So, of the above words and explanations what are you looking forward to learning more about in class, and why? Share with us below.