At All Life is Yoga we teach yoga in its original language, Sanskrit. Sanskrit was never commonly spoken; instead it was used to orally convey thousands of pages of verse from scriptures. It was, and is, the holy language of the scriptures—the oldest known sacred writings in human history. Yoga was originally relayed and taught only in Sanskrit. Hearing yoga terms in a foreign, complicated language can sometimes make it difficult to follow along as a new student. However, there are several reasons we feel it’s beneficial to use Sanskrit terms:
- It’s the language of our profession. We expect dentists to know what periodontitis and caries are, an artist to be familiar with stretcher bars, pigments, and gesso, and we trust a carpenter to know the meaning of level and plumb. To understand the language of your profession is part of what makes you a professional.
- Sanskrit is a phonetic language: the meaning is in the sounds. Saying words correctly connects students to the word’s meaning on a much deeper level than the English translation of the word.
- Proper pronunciation teaches you to use your mouth in ways you rarely do. Sanskrit has complicated, unique movements of the tongue, which exercise the mouth and mind, creating new neural pathways and keeping them both fresh and youthful.
- Using Sanskrit teaches students to listen and focus more intently during class. You may struggle the first few times and have to look around to stay at the pace of the group, but before you know it, you’re in the zone, deeply present and aligned with an energy transmission that has happened for thousands of years.
There is no need to dumb down the yoga. We treat our students like they are intelligent enough to learn a new language, just as their body is learning new movements, and their heart is discovering new potential.
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
The All Life is Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training starts August 19th, 2017. Along with learning the most clear, concise and accurate alignment of asana, you will learn to adjust students safely and effectively. As a teacher, your adjustments give students a sense of where their pose is headed, a feeling of what's to come, something to look forward to in their practice! Details and Registration Information
Book Club Date Correction
We are so excited to bring back the book club. The last newsletter had an incorrect start date. The book club starts September 10th, 2017, not August 20th. We are reading Fire of Love by Aadil Palkhivala. Stop by the studio to pick up your copy.