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Understanding Yoga and Its Vocabulary


For beginners, it might seem intimidating and overwhelming to attend a yoga class full of mystical Sanskrit language. To fully appreciate this practice, a provider of adult day services in Westminster, California, such as ABC Westminster Day Health Center, gives you first a brief reveal about yoga. Yoga comes from a Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means ‘union’, designed to pave unity for one’s body, mind, and breath. It is a way to understand that an individual is not a separate entity but a part of entire existence and greater energy. It makes you realize that there is something more than what you see around.

Once you begin to join yoga sessions in an adult day health care in Santa Ana, California, you might hear these common yoga words derived from beautiful Sanskrit:

  • Asana (AH-sun-ah) 

    A yoga pose or posture. The original Sanskrit names for yoga poses have “asana” as a suffix.

  • Drishti (DRIHSH-tee)

    This translates to sight which refers to the practice of gazing at a specific focal point to help concentration during yoga meditation.

  • Iyengar (I-YENG-gar)

    A slower style of yoga in which poses are held for longer periods of time in order to help students feel how their muscles are working together.

  • Mudra (MU-drah)

    A hand position that helps you maintain concentration and circulate energy during a particular asana or meditation, such as pressing your palms together at heart center.

  • Namaste (NAH-mah-stay)

    Most closely means “the divine essence in me recognizes the divine essence in you.”

  • Om (Aum)

    The universal sound of consciousness and potential. Many yoga classes begin and/or end by chanting Om three times in unison.

  • Prana (PrA-nA)

    Your life force or vital energy.

  • Pranayama (Prah-nuh-YAH-ma)

    Awareness of breath and the ability to control one’s breath for a specific purpose.

  • Savasana (Sah-VAH-suh-nah)

    Corpse pose or resting pose with complete stillness, in both body and mind.

Experience the ecstasy and bliss in the yoga sessions conducted by a senior center such as ABC Westminster Day Health Center.

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