Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit


Just found this excellent Sanskrit glossary over at YJ that I'll definitely be bookmarking.

My goal this summer is to stop relying on the English versions of asana names and to get up on the Sanskrit originals instead. I really dig single words with big meanings (like "raw"). Or "hatha" yoga, which means, roughly, the union of sun and moon. But this Sanskrit isn't easy. We're talking, like, 5- and 6-syllable words here. Anyway, so here's a killer glossary for most any and every Sanskrit term you run across, whether it's from yoga philosophy, Hinduism, or the asanas themselves.

Check out Mikelle Terson's efficient little asana deck, too, at left. I've never been a flashcard kind of girl, but names like "Eka Pada Rajakapotasana" might just take me there.

200 Key Sanskrit Yoga Terms (YJ)
Yoga Stick Figure Vocab Deck (Amazon)

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