Understand the language of yoga


When you feel lost in a yoga class, it can be for two reasons: posture and language. And when we say language, we do not mean the names of asanas in Sanskrit. Sometimes yoga teachers say things in their native language and you don’t understand anything.

As a consequence, you feel lost and don’t know what to do. If this situation is familiar to you, keep reading!

What are the most common phrases spoken by yoga teachers that are not understood by students?

1. Find your center

Your center is self-confidence, your safe place where you feel good just being yourself.

2. Make yourself present

When you are prompted to come forward, try to clear your mind of thoughts and concerns and focus on what you are doing now, in that moment.

3. Define your goal

The meaning of this phrase is quite literal: choose an intention or goal from this session and focus on achieving it. This can be working on your flexibility, trying a new posture, or better controlling your breathing…

4. Lengthen your spine

This is a subtle adjustment that requires you to relax your shoulders, pushing them down a bit, and imagining as if your spine is growing like a tree.

5. Sit tall

Like “lengthening your spine,” “sitting tall” means lowering your shoulders and imagining that someone is gently pulling you up through your head so that you feel a little taller.

With these small clarifications it is sure that it is easier for you to follow the instructions of your teacher. Courage and good practice!


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