Diya Yoga introduces its November batch for 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. This, is doubtlessly not the news, it’s an announcement for all yoga enthusiasts. What is in news is ‘Sanskrit and its importance in Yoga’? If, you’re going to learn yoga, this winter, you need to brush up with few Sanskrit words or phrases. It will make your yoga learning easy, meaningful, and interesting. Else, many times you may feel lost, or think of your teacher is doing unintelligible talking.
Why is Sanskrit necessary for learning yoga?
There is an old connection of ‘Yoga and Sanskrit’. Yoga is a gift of healing, learning, and self-discovery to humans, from Lord Shiva. Shiva, the yogi taught the essence of yogic practices and rituals to the ‘Saptha Rishis’. The mode of communication for the ‘Saints’ of ancient age was ‘Sanskrit’. All scriptures, epic, manuscript, and mythology of Hinduism is written in Sanskrit. The sutras of Yoga are 5000 years old, and are written in Sanskrit too. Thus, Sanskrit is a divine language and holds deep connection to the very essence of Yoga. So, remember to memorize few words or phrases of Sanskrit. The frequently used Sanskrit words in Yoga are detailed below.
Asana: This is a significant word in Yoga. Asana means to seat in English. In Sanskrit it’s pronounced as ‘ah – sah – nah’. Asana in yoga is used for denoting different pose, posture, and yogic steps.So, there’s a small difference in the way Asana is used in Yoga. It’s not for seat, but for different yogic posture or steps. To make it more clear, say for example – Balasana = Child Pose Yogic Practice or Navasana = Boat Pose. I am sure; you learnt your first and most important ‘Sanskrit word’ in regards to Yoga.
Namaste: This is a very common ‘Sanskrit word’; and everyone is very familiar with it. The Sanskrit meaning of ‘Namaste’ is ~ the divine within me greets the divine within you. It’s very beautiful way of greeting people, or starting a class.It’s strictly a part of Hindu Culture. In yoga, the class always starts with ‘Namaste’. The salutation or say greeting of divine. In English ‘Namaste’ means to welcome or greet each other. For example, Namaste simply means to appreciate one another or thank each other for being present. The pronunciation in ‘Sanskrit’ is ‘nah – mah – stay’. It’s a simple pronunciation and must when you meet someone.
Om: It’s now scientifically proved ‘Om or Aum’ is the sound of Universe. Om is a symbol of spirituality, oneness, and even Yoga. Everywhere you’ll find Om, in one or other form. In shirts, t-shirts, tattoo, yoga studio, temple, painting, etc. So, it’s imperative to remember. It’s simply pronounced as ‘Aum’ or ‘Ooooooohhhhmmmm’.What does it mean?
Om means being part of Supreme Being, and being merged into oneness of the cosmic power. As we all are a small particle of the infinite Universe, which is ever expanding, ever changing, every moving and ever breathing; so chanting of Om is merging with the vibration of Universe.
Shanti: In English it means ‘Peace’. In Sanskrit it’s a part of evoking peace within. In Hinduism and Hindu culture, Shanti is chant three times. The reason for it being to invoke peace in our body, mind, and soul.The Om and Shanti are two significant part of practicing yoga. The chant ‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti; is about ending a process; and arousing eternal peace.
As, you dwell more into yoga; you learn more about Sanskrit.