Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts
95 Brewery Lane Portsmouth NH
Yoga Terminology

ASANA

A Hatha Yoga posture (pose) which works systematically on the body to improve strength and flexibility in the muscles and ligaments, enhance blood circulation and tone internal organs.

JAI BHAGWAN

A spoken greeting that means "I honor the light within you."

OM

A vibrational sound or "mantra" that has a calming and purifying effect on the nervous system and mind. Chanting OM also opens the throat and works the vocal chords.

PRANA

Refers to the energy or life force in the body.

PRANAYAMA

Breathing exercises designed to control or stimulate prana in the body. Learn more...

PRESS POINTS

Grounding Points. The obvious structural points which are the foundation of the posture and establish its form. The mind focuses on the press and the body moves in response to the pressing. Using simple "press points" when entering and holding postures helps achieve proper alignment of the body. some press points used include the crown of the head, soles of the feet, the sitz bones, the hips, the chest, pelvis, and shoulder blades.

SADHANA

Yoga practice.

SANSKRIT

The ancient language of India - each posture (asana) has a corresponding Sanskrit name.

VINYASA

Sequencing of postures.