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Bonus. Sanskrit Lesson 1

First Concepts

Speaking Sanskrit to spice up your class not only provides your students with a much more authentic experience but also allows you to immerse yourself into the history and culture behind the practices.


/ˈjoʊɡə/, योग – ‘sum’, ‘summation’, ‘conjunction’, ‘addition’. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’, ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’


/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/, मन्त्र – mantra is the speaking of a protected or secret sound.


/ˈɑːsənə/, आसन – ‘posture’ or ‘seat’. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define asana as a position that is steady and comfortable.


/d̪ɾɪʃ.ʈiː/, दृष्टि – ‘vision’, ‘sight’, ‘eyesight’. Drishti, or focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention.


 /ˌprɑːnʌˈjɑːməː/, प्राणायाम – there are some popular meanings:

  1. prāṇa ‘breath’ + āyāma ‘restraint’. The suspension of breath
  2. prāṇa ‘energy’ + ayām ‘expansion’. Expansion of individual energy into cosmic energy


  1. Thanks for teaching in this way, I particulary like most when I can read the english phonemes and also the sanskrit word, thanks for that!

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