Knowing the asana's Sanskrit name is critical for the student to further their practice. Languages change over years. It's a natural progression. If we were to chat with an English speaker who lived 300 years ago, both of us would not understand each other though we are speaking the same language. Sanskrit however has not changed. The importance in Sanskrit not changing is in the meaning of the sounds a word makes. The form it creates. One asana can take a lifetime of study to possibly fully understand it. Take pascimottanasana for example. It's an 'eastern stretch' and in my own study of the pose and study of the injuries the pose has given; it's a back stretch, not the hamstrings. The meaning is in the Sanskrit. Tradition has us practice yoga facing the morning sun. The back in a forward bend is facing East. Think about it for yourself and leave your comments below.
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