Yoga Lingo Guide

There may be some terms your instructor says during yoga class that you aren't familiar with. You’re not alone! That’s why we created this easy-to-navigate guide. Understanding the language used in your practice will help you to stay focused in the moment – not to mention, some of the words are fun to say!


Asana (AH-sah-nah): Refers to any yoga posture. A series of asanas, or poses, makes up a vinyasa flow.

Chaturanga: A pose where you begin in plank and lower down to hover the floor. The body should stay straight and the elbows should be tucked in the entire way down.

Inversion: A position in which your heart is higher than your head.

Namaste (NAH-MAH-STAY): Means "The divine light in me sees the divine light in you." This typically comes at the end of class when the teacher puts her hands in prayer position and bows her head. Students repeat it back to the instructor as a thank you for class.

Savasana: This translates to Corpse Pose. Every yoga class ends with Final Savasana to allow you to rest and completely let go after practice.

Third-eye: A concept that refers to an invisible eye between the visible eyes, which provides insight and awareness past ordinary sight.

Ujjayi (ooh-JAI-yee): An extension of the breath where the lungs are fully expanded and the chest is puffed out. The same muscles that are used to fog up a mirror are used to activate the Uijayi breath.

Vinyasa (vin-YAH-sah): Commonly translated as step-by-step or breath-by-breath. This term describes a series of poses linked together smoothly, often referred to as a "flow.”