Check back frequently as we add to this list of Frequently Asked Questions for anyone interested in yoga.
What does it mean when we say Namaste at the end of class?
We typically say Namaste at the end of class with hands in prayer position, thumbs touching the heart center or the third eye. The word is a Sanskrit word meaning “bow to you”. In a fuller sense of the word, it is said from a place of gratitude and of oneness of those in the class – the teacher seeing and acknowledging the divine in each student.
What is the significance of saying OM together in a class? The symbol of OM is the most sacred and common written yoga symbols. It is believed to be the first uttered word of the universe and is said to encompass all the vibrations of the universe. It is the unifying sound and energy that binds us all together.
Why do some of the teachers say the pose names in a different language? Yoga’s traditional language is Sanskrit, an ancient language of India. All of the poses have a traditional Sanskrit name as well as an English translation. So, sometimes you might hear a teacher cue the class using this beautiful Sanskrit language. It may be confusing at first, but after you repeat the poses in practice for a while, you will begin to recognize the words without much effort. An example is: Uttanasana means Standing Forward Fold.