How To Speak Yogi
Author: Samantha Lund | Posted In: Move | January 2020
Trying a new activity can be scary, especially when it comes to fitness classes. It’s hard to walk into a class and try something new, surrounded by regulars who you might not know. First thing’s first: Find a beginner’s class and tell the instructor that it’s your first time.
At the beginning of class, there might be a mantra or set of oms given by the instructor. Feel free to participate or not. Here are some other common terms you might need to know:
Pranayama: Controlled breathing. Different techniques will be used for different classes, but they each fall under this term.
Asana: Physical poses. In common usage, this term is used to describe a series of movements or one single pose. For example, child’s pose is an asana.
Vinyasa: A style of yoga, one of the most popular classes we have for beginners. Vinyasa focuses on a flowing sequence of movements connected to breathing.
Drishti: Your gaze. While in a pose that requires balance and attention, your instructor will tell you to focus your “drishti” to help you balance with ease and create self-awareness.
Savasana: Corpse pose. You’ll be asked to lie flat in savasana at the end of your class for a short, guided meditation to unwind after all the asanas you’ve done.
Namaste: The bow. At the end of your class, the instructor will ask you to sit up (usually cross-legged) and to end class will say “Namaste” while bowing. In response, you’ll repeat this blessing and return the bow.
Ready to roll out your mat? Visit members.bellevueclub.com for a complete list of yoga classes for any level.