Yoga dictionary

What is aerial yoga and should you be trying it?

What is aerial yoga and should you be trying it?

Aerial yoga, also known as AntiGravity yoga, is a relatively new addition to the world of yoga. Joining the likes of Bikram and Iyengar, aerial yoga entered the scene in just 2014. We must admit, most images you see of aerial yoga can make it all look quite intimidating, especially […]

Yoga term of the week: Yoga Sutras

Yoga term of the week: Yoga Sutras

The yoga sutras are the philosophical bases of yoga. They help lead you onto the path of Enlightenment, and is widely regarded as the authoritative text on yoga and its ideals.

Yoga term of the week: Extended Triangle Pose

Yoga term of the week: Extended Triangle Pose

This strengthening pose looks easy, but is rather difficult when it comes down to it. From a Warrior II position (see picture) you straighten your legs, kick your back hip out and reach forward, before turning one arm skyward and reaching the other to the floor, looking at your top hand once you’ve settled into the position. It really works your legs and increases their flexibility and also improves overall balance.

Yoga term of the week: Warrior

Yoga term of the week: Warrior

The warrior poses are commonly the lead-ups to more advanced postures and are powerful stances in which your legs are held apart and your arms are stretched outwards. With many variations, the most common you’ll hear in a yoga class are Warrior I (with arms above your head), and Warrior II (see photo, with arms outstretched and parallel to the ground).

Yoga term of the week: Uttanasana

Yoga term of the week: Uttanasana

Uttanasana – an incredibly fun word to say aloud – is the ‘standing forward bend’ posture which stretches the back of your legs and hips, as well as your spine. Most athletes, from dancers to footballers, will probably have done this sometime in their life without realising its proper yogic name!

Yoga term of the week: Thai Massage

Yoga term of the week: Thai Massage

More an addition to yoga than an actual piece of it, Thai massage has evolved into many techniques and movements to improve your flexibility. Originally, it was created to relieve stuck energy which arose from hours of seated meditation.

Yoga term of the week: Somatics

Yoga term of the week: Somatics

Somatics isn’t a style of yoga but rather a movement therapy. It is a system for teaching us about how our brain senses and moves the muscles. In a somatics class, you will focus in-depth on very subtle movements, for an incredibly effective and concentrated way of working your body.

Yoga term of the week: Restorative Yoga

Yoga term of the week: Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is just as relaxing as it sounds… it aims to put you into a deep state of relaxation. You’ll hold postures for longer periods of time and may frequently use props like blankets, blocks, and pillows to help you stay in position.

Yoga term of the week: Quadriceps

Yoga term of the week: Quadriceps

While not technically a yoga term (it’s more a biology lesson), your ‘quads’ are the large muscles at the front of your thigh which pulls your knees up and helps you stand from a lunge position. In yoga, you’ll hear your teacher refer to these a lot, so it’s a good one to include on our list so that you know what he or she means!

Yoga term of the week: Pranayama

Yoga term of the week: Pranayama

‘Prana’ by itself means ‘life force’ or ‘breath.’ The word in its entirety refers to the freeing flow of breath in various breathing exercises practised in yoga.