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Sanskrit (संस्-ृतम् saṃskṛtam [sə̃skɹ̩t̪əm], originally संस्-ृता वा-् saṃskṛtā vāk, "refined speech"), is a historical Indo-Aryan language and the primary liturgical language of Hinduism.

200 Key Yoga Terms
Discerning dharma from kharma or bhakti from shakti is an important lesson for all yoga students—whether you are a beginner or a long-time yogi.
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Forward-bend Pose (oo-grah-sa-na) Ugra-asana - The Sanskrit word ugra means powerful, mighty, strong or noble. We usually keep this posture untranslated but it can be called the noble or powerful posture.

Yoga Poses Alphabetically by Names
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- one of the first written human languages; usually written in devanagari script - literal "the cultured language"
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Sanskrit: the language of the Vedas, one of the oldest languages in the world.

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a language used in of Yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism, and an official languages of India, considered "historical".
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Swagatam! (Welcome!:)
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vrddhi [in Sanskrit grammar]: the long modification.
Vrindavan see Vrndavana
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Glossary of Terms
adhibhuta: pertaining to the elements
adhidaiva: presiding deity
adhiyajnah: entire administration of the cosmos in its various facets
abhyasa: repetition, practice
abhyasa yoga: the yoga of persistent practice ...

Understanding Sanskrit Names
For Yoga Postures

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Terms for Hatha Yoga Postures
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Adho Mukha Svanasana ("AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna") Downward Facing Dog ...

Sanskrit training includes Mantra, Asanas, Pranayama, and other Yoga words.

: The classical literary language of India. All the words relating to Yoga come from , the ancient Indo European language of Hinduism, the Vedas and other sacred texts.

(gives Sanskrit: I-10)
which uses the metaphor of walking in a hot desert. It implies that bliss comes to the one whom, after wandering in the desert, has been able to find shelter.

letter are engraved on the petals of the lotuses, which symbolizes cosmic energy in the form of the exposed word.

Sanskrit Name for Yoga Poses, Postures and AsanasEnglish Name for Yoga Poses, Postures and AsanasVisualLevel
Adho Mukha Svanasana Pose
Downward Facing Dog
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Sanskrit - The ancient language of the Vedas, Vedanta and other scriptures of India.
Sannyasi (M) or sannyasini (F) - An ascetic mendicant.

ancient language from which many modern languages are derived; the language related to mantras
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(Sanskrit) (Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 9, Text- 4, Most Confidential knowledge.
Meaning: By Me, in My unmanifested form, the entire universe is pervaded. All things are in in Me, but I am not in them.

() Usually translated as "truth-company" or being in the company of the wise. And satsang, according to several texts of yoga, is one of the great doorways to inner freedom.

In Sanskrit, the causes of pain are termed daihic, daivic and bhautic tapa. This is not tapas (austerity), but tapa. Tapa literally means 'heat, burning, producing heat'. What is burning?

In the word ushtra means camel.
Position of Readiness
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In Sanskrit, Sarva means the whole and Anga means body or limb or part. Thus Sarvanga means the whole body or all the limbs and Sarvangasana refers the pose that benefits the whole body.

In Nirvana means "blowing out". It often refers to leaving worldly attachments behind. Quite often when performing this the practitioner visualizes toxins leaving the body.

In Sanskrit, the Shoulder Stand is called Salamba Sarvangasana. Sarva translates as "whole, entire." Anga means "limb" or "body." Salamba means "with support.

In , ha means sun, tha means moon. Hatha yoga is the practice of harmonizing the body's inner currents (principally the currents of Feeling, Thinking, Willing, and Acting) until they are in perfect balance.

In Sanskrit Bhastrika means 'bellows'. Rapid succession of forcible expulsion is a characteristic feature of Bhastrika. Just as a blacksmith blows his bellows rapidly, so also you should move your breath rapidly.

The word, swara, has many definitions and applications. In yoga, briefly stated, swara pertains to the recognition of rhythm, pulsation, or wave of the universe tracing these wave forms and patterns back to their source.

The Sanskrit name of the pose coveys several images.   Triang means "three limbs" literally and can refer to the three limbs that you are extending forward.   Or more loosely the term can refer to three parts of the body in general.

The word hatha is thought to be derived from the verbal root hath which means "to force" or "hold firmly" and thus Hatha Yoga is sometimes called "forceful yoga.

The Sanskrit word Svaroopa is used by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras to describe a state of inner, transcendent bliss. Svaroopa Yoga, with its gentle poses and non-straining approach, aims to cultivate just that.

The word "Uddiyana" comes from the root ‘ut' and ‘di' which means to "fly up." When this Bandha is practised the Prana flies up through the Sushumna Nadi. Hence the significant name.

The Sanskrit name for this posture sarvangasana means 'all the body'.

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a type of work containing Tantric teachings; the tradition of Tantrism, which focuses on the shakti side of spiritual life and which originated in the early post-Christian era and achieved its classical features around 1000 C.E.

Ujjayee in Sanskrit means victorious. Ujjayee can be performed in a standing position as well as in a lying position.
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Hatha is a word meaning 'sun' (ha) and 'moon' (tha), representing opposing energies: hot and cold, male and female, positive and negative, similar but not completely analogous to yin and yang.

See also: See also: Yoga, Spirit, Spiritual, Asana, Prana

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