Asanas: Physical postures of yoga.
Guru: Teacher or master; one who illuminates the darkness.
Hatha Yoga: From “ha” (sun) and “that” (moon), hatha yoga seeks to unify opposites – body and mind, and describes any of the physical practices of yoga.
Mantra: Sounds, syllables, words or groups of words that are repeated with the goal of creating a positive transformation; a sacred thought or prayer.
Meditation: The process of opening to and becoming friends with our human experience.
Mudra: Hand positions that have an influence on the energetic or feeling body.
Namaste: Commonly said at the end of yoga class by the instructor and the students that honors one soul to another.
OM: Considered to be the first sound of creation. OM is frequently chanted before, after and/or during yoga classes.
Pranayama: Breath awareness to facilitate inner stillness and awareness.
Props: Mats, blocks, bolsters and straps used to extend range of motion and facilitate ease in a pose.
Savasana: Final relaxation; literally translated as “corpse pose.”
Yoga: From the Sanskrit “yug” (yoke), means “union”. Yoga is an ancient discipline in which physical postures, breath practices, meditation and philosophical study are used as tools for achieving liberation.