The A to Z of Yoga - Part Two1st August 2017
N is for Namaste
Namaste is a word you will have seen written by yoga students and teachers alike. But what does it mean? It's said at the end of every yoga class and most teachers use it as a way to express relief upon ending a class. Others describe it as a way of recognising that we are all equals. In it's most ancient form, it was a religious word translating roughly to “I bow to the god within you”. It has many meanings, but more often than not, it's used as a kind greeting.
O is for Om
Om is a word you will have heard, as opposed to seeing written. It's a sacred sound, a sound that is made during meditation and it is considered the basic sound of the universe. By chanting it, it acknowledges that spiritually you are one with the world around you.
P is for Pregnancy
Yoga is great for pregnant women. Not only can it help to prepare and recover from bodily aches and pains, it also teaches breathing techniques that can be hugely beneficial during labour. The deep breathing will help the flow of oxygen and blood around the body and allow you to remain calm, or at least as calm as possible while you give birth...
Q is for Quest
Yoga is a journey. A journey into your own mind, body and soul to truly learn about yourself. As a result, it makes you a better person, it makes you love yourself and it gives you confidence to be who you are.
R is for Relaxation
Yoga classes are a great way to relax. You can put the stresses of home, work and social life to one side and just focus on you. Plus, the techniques taught in the yoga studio can be taken with you. So if you're having a stressful day, just a small dose of yoga can really help set you straight. It also helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure.
S is for Savasana
Savasana is a word you'll encounter in a yoga class. It refers to a traditional pose otherwise known as a 'Corpse Pose'. It's an asana that is performed at the end of a class. It looks like you're taking a nap, but the purpose is to be fully conscious yet completely relaxed. The savasana requires you to completely clear your mind and for that reason, some consider it one of the most dificult poses to perfect.
T is for Tantric Yoga
Tantra is commonly misunderstood. It's not about sex. It's about building strength and clarity. Tantra can improve your sex life, but it's more about being in touch with your own body and spirit. Tantric poses help to enhance spiritual development and improve physical wellbeing.
U is for Understanding
Yoga will help you develop a greater understanding of yourself, of your body and the world around you.
V is for Vinyasa
Vinyasa yoga classes are great for beginners. Vinyasa classes focus on having a flowing rhythm throughout the class and use the power of breathing to achieve this. It's one of the most popular styles after Hatha Yoga and can be used for beginners or people looking mostly to improve fitness.
W is for Warrior Pose
The warrior pose is a group of poses that are frequently used in a yoga routine for all experience levels. The poses cover all the bases, wide stances, squared hips, poses for core strength, poses for flexibility... the list goes on.
X is for Xercise
Xylophones aren't relevant to yoga and the English language isn't blessed with words beginning with X, so we're clutching at straws a little here. However, Yoga is a great way to get regular gentle exercise. There are styles that suit all kinds of fitness pursuit as well. For those students looking for a hard workout, then Bikram Yoga will certainly make you sweat. However it's also great for older people who are looking for a gentle way to workout and it's also beneficial to those people recovering from injury.
Y is for Yogi
A yogi is a word for someone who has reached an advanced level of practicing yoga.
Z is for Zen
In Yoga terms, Zen is a range of physical and energetic practices that derive from ancient buddhist tradition and are taught through yoga. They focus largely on the application of awareness and mindfulness. As a style, Zen Yoga draws influence from Hatha.
Find a yoga class near you
That concludes our A to Z of Yoga, so the only thing left to do at this point is find a class! Joining a yoga class is easy, especially with the help of Yoga Class Near You. There are thousands of classes all across the UK available, with a great range of different yoga styles on offer.
To find your nearest teacher, simply enter your postcode on our homepage search, or download the NearYou App and enter your location. Once you've found a class, you can easily book a place using Apple Pay and save the class to your calendar.
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