Archive | Yoga Defined


Yoga Defined: Pranayama

Pranayama (Sanskrit: प्राणायाम prāṇāyāma) is a Sanskrit word meaning “extension of the prana or breath” or more accurately, “extension of the life force”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, “Prana” – life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and “ayāma” – to extend or draw out. (Not ‘restrain, or control’ as is often incorrectly […]

Continue Reading

Yoga Defined: Savasana

Savasana (shah-VAHS-anna) sava = corpse This pose is also called Mrtasana (pronounced mrit-TAHS-anna, mrta = death) Savasana is perhaps the most important part of yoga practice. Lying on the back, the arms and legs are spread at about 45 degrees, the eyes are closed and the breath deep, using deerkha (long) pranayama (breath). The whole body is relaxed […]

Continue Reading