Sanskrit

Definition - What does Sanskrit mean?

Sanskrit is the classical language of India and Hinduism. The language was systematically developed in regards to the natural progressions of sounds created by the human mouth.

Designed to be an unchanging and perfected mode of communication, it is believed Sanskrit belongs to no one and, thus, belongs to all.

Many words and mantras used within the practice of yoga are of Sanskrit origin.

Yogapedia explains Sanskrit

The use of Sanskrit in India for literary and religious purposes is comparable to that of Latin throughout Europe, as both have been studied for more than two thousand years. Authoritative yogic texts, such as the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, were initially compiled in Sanskrit.

Also known as “the language of yoga,” Sanskrit terminology and concepts are pondered by practitioners of yoga to help better understand the power of one's actions. Chanting Sanskrit mantras in this ancient language is particularly powerful because it focuses and calms one’s mind as well as promotes overall well-being.

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