A Sanskrit GlossaryMar 23, 2017 01:14PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Yoga has taken the health world by storm and has stayed there for decades, and Sanskrit is connected to that practice. But, what do some of the different forms mean? We break down some key terms for you here in this online extra.
A Sanskrit Glossary
Yoga – lit., joining, uniting. The system of philosophy established by Patañjali, the chief aim being to teach the means by which the human soul can be completely united with the Supreme Spirit.
Shala – lit., an apartment, a room, saloon, or hall. A traditional yoga studio.
Ashtanga – lit., eight limbs. The eight parts of yoga and the name of the system of yoga transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Asana – A particular posture in a yoga practice.
Vinyasa – lit., movement. The flowing transition between asanas.