N is for Namaste
Once you step into a yoga class, you will most likely hear new words and phrases you have never heard before. These new words you hear are based in the ancient language of yoga, Sanskrit.
In some classes, the teacher will use only Sanskrit terminology when referring to yoga asanas (Sanskrit for postures). Others may teach completely in the English translations. My preference is to teach mostly with English terminology, yet introduce basic Sanskrit terms to help anchor the teaching to modern life.
No matter what the style of your teacher, one Sanskrit term you will hear in just about every class is the Namaste. Namaste is probably one of the most beautiful words I've ever learned, and while there are many different translations, they all roughly come back to this:
The divine light within me sees the divine light within you, and knows that we are one.
It is a beautiful end of class tradition to bring your hands together at your heart, gently bow your head, and offer "Namaste" to those around you, teacher, students, fellow students. Because by the end of our class, the boundaries of our "self", our backgrounds, our positions in the world have softened and dissolved, and it becomes evident that we are all from the same source.
Peace & Namaste,