Common TriYoga Terms and Phrases Translated



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One of you asked mto translate some of the most common TriYoga terms and phrases. Here are a few  (…with more to come). (Please note: these do not have transliteration marks, so if you need assistance with  pronunciation, please ask your TriYoga teacher).


yoga – “union;” “effort;” union of body, mind, and spirit; from yuj, to unite or connect; the act ofyoking, joining, attaching, harnessing; self-concentration, abstract meditation and mental abstraction practiced as a system with its chief aim being to teach the means by which the human spirit may attain complete union with the Supreme Spirit; the union of the individual soul with the universal soul

yogi; yogin (male); yogini (female) – one who practices yoga

Tri – mother; trinity; triple

TriYoga – mother yoga; trinity yoga; merging toward cosmic consciousness where the trinity is inherent; yoga manifesting the trinity (e.g., satcitananda, triguna, mind-body-breath)

hatha yoga; hata yoga – yoga that transcends the pairs of opposites; union with the supreme via discipline; based on the trinity of asana, pranayama, and mudra (Note: if you pronounce it with a “th” sound, the word means violence, force and ultimately to kill – this is not what we want)

asana; yogasana – “seat;” yoga seat; yoga posture

kriya – means “action;” actions that propel one toward higher awareness; term often used in terms of cleansing practices; flowing from posture to posture is extremely cleansing to the body/mind… thus, kriya is used to denote the continuous movement

prana – energy; life energy; universal life energy; derived from “pra,” continuous and “na,” movement; prana also means “in breath;” that which allows the energy to flow in to nourish the body; in the context of the movement of apana and prana: prana is affected by the inhalation

prana vidya – the knowledge and its application in controlling the flow of prana for greater health and awareness; “knowledge of prana”

pranayama – “the control and expansion of prana;” breathing practices; from “prana,” life energy, and “ayama,” to control, to expand

mudra – meaning “sealing in the energy;” a seal; postures especially with hands and face to assist in inner communication

mantra – transcendental chant; that which protects the mind; from “man,” the mind, and “tra,” to protect

aum; om – sound representing universal energy; primordial sound

nada pasyanti – light and sound concentration practice; energy visualization

nidra; yoganidra – sleep; deep relaxation; the sleep of yoga, where the body is resting but the mind is awake

jaya or jai – victory

guru – teacher; that which dispels darkness and reveals light

jaya guru devi – “Victory to the Cosmic Energy which reveals the Light;” “Victory to health, wisdom, and happiness;” I have also heard this translated as: “Blessings for a prosperous life physically, mentally, and spiritually”

namaste (accent on the 2nd syllable) – “I bow to the Light within;” “Salutations to the Light in you;” “I honor the One Spirit in everyone” (as opposed to namaste with the accent on the 1st syllable, which means “to have nothing in your mind”)

mata – mother

guru mata ki ~ jai – “Honor to the mother teacher (who dispels darkness and reveals the light) ~


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