The world of yoga can sometimes seem like it’s taught in a secret language. Of course, the Sanskrit words are usually unfamiliar, unless you happen to be fluent in Sanskrit—but even words and terms in plain English can be confusing. Here’s a guide to some of the most common yoga lingo, and what your teacher really means when they’re asking you to fold forward.
I love yoga because I get something different out of every class. A few weeks ago, I spent a class listening– I mean really listening– to every word the teacher said. I realized that there are a lot of funny words used in yoga, so I spent savasana coming up with a list of weird yoga terms. As soon as I got out of class, I wrote the list down in my phone. I know you’re supposed to spend savasana pushing thoughts away, but sometimes, it’s where my greatest thoughts happen.
Publication: The Clymb
Title: Six Yoga Terns, Decoded