Namaste – I bow to you (for a more in depth definition check out this post: NAMASTE)
Mala – meaning garland is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra – typically made of 108 beads. This is known as a Japa meditation.
OM – (AUM) the universal sound chanted within a practice in most yogic traditions.
Chakra – A part of our energetic anatomy, in Hindu metaphysical tradition and other belief systems, chakras are centres of Prana, life force, or vital energy. Commonly there are 7 chakras that correspond to vital points in the physical body i.e. major plexuses of arteries, veins and nerves.
Third Eye – I like to refer to this Chakra centre as the “mind’s eye” – it corresponds with the space on the forehead above the middle of the eyebrows. It is our intuition Chakra, the seat of the brain. The colour relating to this centre is indigo.
Aura – a subtle sensory stimulus, a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source, luminous radiation, an energy field that is held to emanate from a living being – the energy body or “Prana maya kosha” in yogi terms.
Sanskrit – An ancient Indic language of India, in which the Hindu scriptures and classical Indian epic poems are written. All modern versions of the yoga sutras are translated from Sanskrit and many of the terms and poses used in a yoga class are spoken in this beautiful language.
Down Dog – short for downward facing dog, a common yoga posture that looks like an inverted V. Also known as adho mukha svanasana in Sanskrit.
Pigeon – an asana or posture that is a deep hip opener. This pose is called Kapotasana in Sanskrit. Kapota meaning pigeon and asana meaning pose/posture.