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Silence Watching Sound : Yoga and Sanskrit


Yesterday I interviewed someone for our upcoming 300HR Yoga Teacher Training program. She was impressed with our use of Sanskrit during classes. She said the teachers don't even use the English terms and students understand! 

At All Life is Yoga we teach yoga in its original language, Sanskrit. Sanskrit is not 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—one of 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 Purna Yoga Teacher Training Starts in June

I'm having a fabulous time in Clayton, NC assisting Aadil Palkhivala for the 500 Hour Purna Yoga Teacher Training at Purna Yoga East. There's refining of material learned, recollection of material forgotten and a new layer of material to process and begin to integrate. Being around Aadil reminds me of how lucky I am to have attracted this work into my life and be given the opportunity to share Purna Yoga in Atlanta. It's also got me super energized for our upcoming 200 hour teacher training at All Life is Yoga. Starts June 11th, 2016 and goes through December 11th, 2016. Contact us to apply.

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Mother's Day Restoratives Friday May 6th 2016
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