Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sanskrit Names for Yoga Postures (Asanas)
"What did she say? Virabudrudasa wot?? Is she speaking english?" said one of my student to another. Then we all broke up laughing. Yup, I get that all the time. It's not that there aren't terms of the yoga postures in English. There is. I just respect the yoga postures in it's origin of the Sanskrit names.
Look at it this way, the fasting month is coming up and am sure all the locals are preparing nice cakes, biscuits and all assortments. Now, Kueh Mor or Kueh Lapis wouldn't sound just as nice as saying The White Round Balls ( okay, that sounds a bit off, but you know what I mean) or The Layer Cake (Didn't we have a movie on that title with Brad Pitt in it?) Okay, see what I mean? It just doesn't sound the same at all. They sound more delicious and scrumptious in their own names, triggering the memory of Kueh Mor sweetness, melting away in the mouth.
So, listen guys, I am quite happy to say both the yoga postures in English and Sanskrit, but for the enthuasiast, there's a brilliant website that explains the sanskrit names in english. And here it is if you clicked onto http://www.harley.com/yoga/index.html