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What’s in a name?

August 19, 2009

Yoga studios, groups, and schools often incorporate more than just Eastern philosophy and practices, they also use Sanskrit terms in their names.  Take “Sangha Yoga Shala” for instance.  What do these words really mean?

Although often associated with Buddhist devotional communities, in this case the term “Sangha” can also be used to define a group or community.

It is assumed that one knows what the word “Yoga” means, as the practice is burgeoning in the United States.  However, the translation of the Sanskrit term might be surprising. According to Wikipedia, “Yoga” is


derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to control”, “to yoke” or “to unite”.[12] Translations include “joining”, “uniting”, “union”, “conjunction”, and “means”.[13][14][15]Outside India, the term yoga is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its asanas (postures) or as a form of exercise

Lastly, a “Shala” is often defined as an “abode“.  While no one actually sleeps (unless you count a really deep savasana) at Sangha Yoga Shala, we aim to create a space that makes you feel right at home.


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