Yoga Terms

alignyo's guide to Sanskrit and yoga terms.

alignyo's definitions of yoga terms, part 1

Yoga Terms by Liz Eustace

Whether you’re new to yoga or have been hitting the mat for quite some time, alignyo’s definitions of some key yoga terms will make sure you have a good understanding of what the heck your teacher means when she says stuff like “place your hands in anjali mudra” or casually uses Sanskrit while guiding you through a vinyasa flow.

Because you never know when someone might invite you a to a kirtan…and you have no idea what that is.

alignyo's guide to yoga terms, part 2: back to basics

Yoga Terms

Like a beginner's yoga class, sometimes you have to go back to basics to elevate your practice. That’s why for this installment of alignyo’s guide to yoga terms, we’re breaking down the yoga words you probably hear most often. 

A refresher is never a bad thing: 

Asana: What you do on the mat

An asana is a yoga pose. The Sanskrit name for almost all yoga poses ends in asana, for example Bakasana, crow pose.

alignyo's guide to yoga terms, part 5: more yoga styles

Yoga Terms

As we mentioned in our last guide to yoga terms post, there are many, many styles of yoga. If you think the styles of yoga are vinyasa, hatha and hot, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. There are many, many styles of yoga and in this week’s alignyo’s guide to yoga terms, we’re focusing on the names and meanings of a few of the styles we didn’t get to in our last post. Just remember, this is just a basic guide to get you familiar with the wide world of yoga. We encourage you to try a variety of styles and teachers to find the one that resonates best with you.  

alignyo's guide to yoga terms, part 4: styles of yoga

Yoga Terms

alignyo’s guide to yoga terms is back and this week, we’re focusing on the names and meanings behind some of the most popular styles of yoga. If you’re new to yoga or perhaps have only attended the same class for quite some time, you’ll find this section of our yoga definitions particularly helpful. One of the (many) beautiful things about yoga is that there are almost as many styles as there are flavors of ice cream, so check back soon for another installment with more definitions of popular yoga styles. 

alignyo's guide to yoga terms, part 3: the Eight Limbs

Yoga Terms

Doing yoga without knowing what’s up with the Eight Limbs is kind of like doing yoga without breathing. It’s just wrong. So for this week’s installment of alignyo’s guide to yoga terms, we give you an introduction to the Eight Limbs of Yoga.