50 Key Yoga Phrases

Talking in class today about how we repeat the same phrases over and over we thought it would be helpful to compile the top 50 words/phrases commonly used when teaching yoga. In particular this will hopefully help those who don’t have English as their first language as it must be so much harder to instruct when you also have to translate! Please add in any of your favourite phrases I think there are tons more but here are 50 to get going! Josie

1)   Inhale

2)   Exhale

3)   Breathe for 5/4/3/2/1

4)   Raise arms to ceiling

5)   Fold forwards

6)   Bring palms to floor

7)   Spread fingers wide

8)   Look up

9)   Fold forwards

10) Bring right/left foot back

11)  Come to plank position

12)  Bring knees, chest, chin to the floor

13)  Bend elbows to chaturanga

14)  Raise chest and look up

15)                   Tuck toes in

16)                  Push back to downward dog

17)                  Look between your palms

18)                  Bring right/left leg forward

19)                  Jump forwards

20)                   Look halfway up

21)                   Raise arms all the way up

22)                   Place hands on hips

23)                   Push hips forward and lean back

24)                   Gaze at the ceiling

25)                   Look to your Dristi point

26)                   Focus at a point on the wall in front of you

27)                   Place legs hip width apart

28)                   Swing right leg/left leg back

29)                   Place foot at 45/90/180 degrees

30)                   Take a wide stance

31)                   Take one step back

32)                   Pivot to face the opposite direction

33)                   Raise arms to shoulder height

34)                   Square your hips

35)                   Engage your inner thighs/quads/glutes etc

36)                   Ground your foot into the mat

37)                   Squeeze shoulder blades together

38)                   Clasp hands together with palms touching

39)                   Bend knee

40)                   Stack your knee over your ankle

41)                  Keep shoulders stacked over wrists

42)                   Flex your feet

43)                   Twist from your torso/chest

44)                   Maintain a neutral spine

45)                  Bring equal weight to your sitting bones

46)                   Cross one leg over the other

47)                   Shift your weight to right/left leg

48)                   Tuck tailbone under

49)                   Lift and lengthen spine

50)                   Relax!