ASANAS

Also called Yoga Postures, Asanas are gentle stretching movements designed to help balance the mind and body. 

ASHTANGA YOGA

A Style of Yoga developed by K. Pattabhi Jois, it literally means Eight Limb Yoga and revolves in Pattanjali's idea that the path of purification is composed of eight spiritual practices. 

DHYANA

Meditation.

DRISHTI

Drishti is the focus of the eyes in meditation. This is the focal point where one’s gaze lies to attain concentration alignment, and inner and outer balance. One actually does this to prevent distractions, but should be looking inwardly and not concentrate on the physical object. This could be the tip of your nose or in between your eyebrows, depending on your yoga pose.

KRIYA

definition of kriya

MANTRA

defintion of mantra

NAMASTE

“I bow to the divine in you”. Namaste is a traditional Indian greeting of respect and thank you, with spiritual and symbol meaning. This is done with your palms pressed together in the middle of your forehead (third eye) or at your heart, and lightly bow your head and shoulders.

OM

A single-sound mantra that signifies the unification of the body, mind and spirit. This is an ancient Indian chant where the whole world was created and radiates. Om is also the vibration symbolizing Brahman. It was said that enlightenment and unification with the Supreme Being can be attained through this natural sound.

PRANAYAMA

Also called Yoga Breathing or Breathing Exercise, Pranayama is one of the Five Principles of Yoga which promotes proper breathing.

UJJAYI

Also called Loud Breathing, this involves drawing air in through both nostrils with the glottis held partially closed. Ujjayi is translated as "what clears the throat and masters the chest area."

VINYASA

This is one of the principles of Ashtanga Yoga that makes it distinct from the other styles of yoga. Vinyasa, which means breathing and movement, is for internal cleansing.

YOGA

definition of yoga