Yoga: Exercises or poses with breathing techniques and meditation to bring about a harmony or union of mind, body and spirit.
Kriya: a series of exercises or a single exercise which is a complete action.
Mantra: is the repetition of a human sound, syllable, word or series of sounds, syllables or words, often with intellectual or emotional content. Chanting is saying sounds, syllables or words out loud, which may also create vibrations of different parts of our body.
Om: is the universal sound of self and universe, and is chanted once or three times to begin many yoga classes.
Ong namo guru dev namo: may be translated as: “I call upon the teacher within me and outside of me in the universe to guide me in my practice today.” This is a Kundalini yoga phrase recited at the beginning of yoga exercises to transition or mentally prepare for the yoga exercises.
Sa Ta Na Ma: may be translated as: “infinity, life, death, rebirth”.
Sat Nam: may be translated as: “Truth is my identity, I am truth.
Shanti: means “peace”.
Vinyasa: means a series of poses which flow from one to another, e.g., mountain pose, forward bend, plank, cobra, down dog, forward bend, mountain.
Wahe Guru: may be translated as: “consciousness is ecstasy or bliss”.