Studying Sanskrit

Studying Sanskrit is a profound undertaking. Practically every significant university worldwide offers the study of Sanskrit at some level. It is a difficult language to learn but not impossible. For any people who know another Indian language, it may be easier. Many people wonder why they should bother learning Sanskrit, considering it is a dead language. Here I will express why I think learning Sanskrit is not only useful but a tool for higher spiritual understanding.

Literature is abundant in the Sanskrit language. If you are a yogi, the relevant ancient texts are in Sanskrit. The Bhagavad Gita, Guru Gita, Vedas, Upanishads, and Mahabharata are just some to name a few. Many say that English or other languages’ translations cannot adequately express what Sanskrit wants to communicate. Through studying Sanskrit, you open yourself to a wealth of greater profundity in ancient pieces of literature – many of which provide great insight into the development of humankind. The literature is not limited to yogic and Hindu texts – they include fictitious, scientific, medicinal, and political texts too. These create tremendous insight into the development of society as we know it. 

When you learn Sanskrit, you also open the door to all other Indian languages. All these languages have been adapted from Sanskrit. The vocabulary found in these languages has close relationships with Sanskrit. Much like learning opens the door to several based languages like Spanish, Portuguese and French, learning Sanskrit can open the door to several Indian languages.

Returning to the matter of literature in Sanskrit, there is another important reason to learn and study Sanskrit. I ask you, if not you then who? Many believe the secrets to human existence and enlightenment to be contained within the ancient sacred Hindu and yogic texts. If all of them are in Sanskrit and no one continues to learn this so-called “dead” language, then these secrets will be forever lost. In fact, the answers to some of society’s worst issues plaguing modern man may come from these texts. To gather this information, we need individuals willing and able to understand the texts and use it drive positive change. 

Many who study Sanskrit profess it to be some of the most fascinating material available to study. There is evidence that Sanskrit is the oldest written language. For any student interested in literature, studying Sanskrit allows them to access the world’s most ancient literature available as well. Studying the very nature of the language also provides fascinating information as the language itself is said to encompass information about astronomy, mathematics and even contains built-in pronunciation schemes.

Many claim Sanskrit to be the language of the heart. Start studying  Sanskrit and open your heart to the universe, to your true essence and to your connection to ancestors. 

Yoga Poses to Boost Confidence

Confidence is something many of us struggle with. No matter how hard we try, sometimes we just can’t break away from that inner voice telling us we’re not good enough. 

That voice is a liar. 

One of the greatest benefits of yoga is how it teaches us to love our bodies and ourselves unconditionally. Confidence is in the mind, and the mind can be trained. While the physical benefits of yoga can help you to feel more confident, unless you cultivate this confidence in your mind you will not be complete. 

A great place to start building this inner confidence is during your yoga practice. Yoga is a very personal and spiritual experience that can at times feel like a self-growth journey. Make one of your goals while on this journey the attainment of deeper confidence in yourself and your abilities. Here are a few poses that can help you on your way. 

Forearm Plank

Planks are great exercises anyway, but besides strengthening your core they also strengthen resolve. Planks test your ability to hold strong as you build up from 10 to 20, to 30 second long sets. The keys to a great plank are to keep your shoulders over your elbows and your back straight. This pose also activates your solar plexus chakra, which is where your self-esteem resides.

Warrior II & Warrior III

What invokes more confidence than posing like a warrior? Both variations are named after Virabhadra, a great warrior in Hindu mythology. Virabhadra was created by Shiva in a fit of rage, and his image reflects it. With a thousand arms, three eyes, and a garland of skulls around his neck, he looks positively fierce. Virabhadrasana II and III (the Sanskrit translation of warrior II and III) represent our battle with weakness, and through these poses, we build up our inner spiritual warrior. 

Backbends 

Many backbends in yoga stimulate the solar plexus chakra, which is where your self-confidence resides. Activating this chakra helps you open up and recognize your personal power and place in this world. 

A few backbends that will help you discover this power are upward facing the dog, bow pose, bridge, and wild thing. 

Forearm stand

This is a far more advanced yoga posture, but its benefits are real even to practiced yogis. Performing a forearm stand absolutely erases any self-doubt. After all, if you can hold your body in the air using the strength of your arms and core, what could there be that you can’t do? 

It is recommended that you build up strength and master easier balancing poses before you try a forearm stand. Once you are ready to try, do it with a yoga instructor present so they can guide you and make sure your alignment is correct to avoid injury. 

Self-confidence comes from believing in yourself. Yoga teaches you how to do this by shows you that anyone is capable of the seemingly impossible and that in our minds reside our talents and abilities. If you can dream it, you can do it. The only thing standing in your way is you. So, move!

How to Accessorize Your Yoga Outfit

Any modern yogi knows that accessories play a key role in the overall success of your outfit. They can help to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outfit or help you to be more mindful of your intention. Choosing the perfect accessories requires general mindfulness of how each element of your outfit works together to create your unique look.

If you’ve been trying to figure out the best way to accessorize your yoga outfit, look no further. This no-nonsense guide to adding accessories to your soft leggings will give you all the advice you need to choose the perfect complements.

Add Bright Colors That Sparkle and Shine

The easiest way to brighten up your wardrobe is through accessories. A statement necklace, a fun scarf, or a pair of boot warmers are all small items that can truly pop when you’re using a fun accent color. While an entire shirt may be too much color and overwhelm your complexion or personality, one or two matching accessories allow you to experiment with seasonal shades without too much commitment. After all, even the brightest shades are sure to match your favorite pair of black yoga leggings.

Don’t Go for Things That Dangle

Practicing yoga does require a certain amount of mindfulness in terms of your safety. Unless you’re alright with ditching your jewelry in your workout bag, you will want to keep your dangling jewelry to a minimum. This applies to all of the staple items that yogis may be tempted to wear, including earrings, necklaces, and even bracelets. You’re far better off choosing tighter choker chains and stud earrings than dangling statement necklaces.

Choose Accessories That Remind You of Your Intention

There’s nothing better than selecting accessories that can play double duty in your regular practice. They can enhance the overall appearance of your yoga outfit as well as remind you what your intention is. You may think about wearing a metal cuff bracelet with a meaningful word stamped on it. Simple touches like these make your accessories completely unique and allow you to delve deeper into your yoga practice.

Consider Natural Crystals and Gemstones

Why not allow your accessories to help improve your overall well-being, physical health, and mindset? With the aid of natural crystals and gemstones, you can harness the power of a natural remedy for certain ailments. Depending on the particular type of stone, some of these are said to relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and even menstrual cramps. Do a little research or visit a local shop near your town to decide which crystals suit your needs the best.

With the right accessories, you can pull together the perfect yoga outfit. These key tips can help you to choose the right pieces that allow you to practice yoga safely and with a deeper meaning in your overall routine. Embrace some of this season’s key trends with a few of these fashionable items to bring a little more pizazz and fashion-forward pieces into your yoga practice today.

3 Warning Signs Your Yoga Clothes May Be Making You Uncomfortable

Attending a public yoga class can fill any yogi with trepidation that they may not be appropriately dressed for the occasion. Particularly for beginners or those trying out a new studio, it can be a litmus test for your confidence to show up on your mat at all while worrying about your attire. Keeping your mind on your yoga practice is essential though, so what can you do about your clothing? 

Many yogis are hyperfocused on their workout clothing because it actually makes them uncomfortable. Keep an eye out for these warning signs that your clothes may be putting a crimp in your confidence.

1. Avoid Inversions Of Any Kind 

Avoiding an inversion that you know your body is physically capable of doing could be a sign that your clothes are making you uncomfortable. Whether you’re concerned with your classmates seeing a little too much skin or not having enough support in your top, an inversion does tend to leave you more exposed. Back out of this part of your practice daily, mainly if you practice inversions at home, it maybe a sign you need to search for clothing with more coverage. 

2. You Wear Tons Of Layers Even Though You’re Hot 

Do you find yourself sweating profusely during even the gentlest yoga class? If your clothing layers are the culprit of your unintentional heat, it may be a sign that your base layer is more revealing than you are comfortable with. Perhaps your yoga leggings aren’t a flattering cut, or your workout top is too low-cut. No matter what the reason is, adding unnecessary layers is detrimental to your practice. 

You won’t be able to focus on the intensity of your practice if your body is consistently overheating. Consider adding more pieces to your closet that offer better coverage, such as high-waisted Capri leggings

3. Your Breathing Isn’t Natural 

The breath is integral to your yoga practice, regardless of the type of yoga class you attend. You should be able to take long, deep breaths without feeling overly restrained by your top or yoga pants. Make sure that your yoga outfit is loose enough to allow you to breathe without pain or restriction, even when you move into poses such as the standing forward fold

Similarly, you need to feel like you can release the belly during a breathing practice instead of sucking it in to conceal a trouble area. Clothes that don’t make you feel confident enough to free your body naturally should be replaced with those that give you more poise in your appearance. 

Wearing clothing that makes you uncomfortable during a yoga class can seriously hinder your overall practice. Allow your time on the mat to focus on building your intentions and caring for both the body and the mind. If these warning signs are cropping up during your time on the mat, it’s time to start filling your closet with pieces you can feel confident and comfortable in.

How to Breathe Like a Yogi

If you have ever been to a yoga class, then you have heard and been slightly intimidated by the incredible deep breathing going on in the room. As soon as you walk into the room and begin to unroll your mat, you can hear other students breathing from the other side of the room. If it was a beginner class, your instructor may have given you some brief instructions about how to breathe like a yogi. However, there were probably many other things on your mind, and it may have been confusing. Since you’re probably wondering how to accomplish yogic breath like a pro; this article offers a less time-sensitive approach to learning how to master your Ujjayi (or yogic) breathing.

Ujjayi breathing is done in asana-based yoga. “Asana” is Sanskrit for “pose” or “posture.” Most of western yoga is asana-based yoga, so this is likely the style of breathing you’ve heard in class.

The Ujjayi breath is performed through your nose on both the inhale and exhale. Allow your diaphragm to suck your breath deep down into your belly. Your stomach should stick out while you are breathing this deeply. Place your hands on your lower back and imagine that you are pulling your breath all the way down into your hands, as if you can push your hands with the expansion of your lungs. That sensation will allow for a deep and controlled breath that feels comfortable. Continue this for 3-5 breaths. Once you are comfortable with deep nasal breathing, you can begin to incorporate the more technical aspects.

Imagine you are about to yawn. Imagine that feeling of the roof of your mouth lifting up and backwards. Take a deep breath through your nose –playing around with the positioning of the roof of your mouth– until you can hear your breath in your ears. It should be more of an internal sound than an external sound. If you are still struggling with the internal sound, try imagining that you have nostrils coming out of your cheekbones. It sounds funny, but it might be what makes it work for you. Once you do it correctly you will know! You can sort of feel it in your ears and in your head.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it right away! Take your time to find it. It’s like riding a bike; once you learn how to do it you will always know how to do it. The reason the Ujjayi breath is so important in yoga is because it gives you something specific to focus on. Because the Ujjayi breath echoes in your ears, it sort of becomes the music that you move to and determines the rhythm that you move from pose to pose to. It adds an extra element of energy as well. Because you are fully present with the movement of your breath in your lungs; you become one with yourself.

There is no need to be loud externally; you just need to be able to hear yourself. Some people are louder than others and that’s perfectly okay. Play around with your yogic breath and find your own inner rhythm. It is worth the practice!

Food Tips for a Yogi Lifestyle

My Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher passed down his yoga diet wisdom because he felt that this was also an important component to living the true yoga way. He stressed that yoga was a comprehensive state of union with everything, including a positive and healthy relationship with food.


There are two important components to a Yogi diet. First, in an important yoga text, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Patanjali explains several principles in regards to a balanced diet. Second, the Indian health system of Ayurveda developed health wisdom over many centuries. Patanjali’s wisdom along with Ayurvedic principles gives us excellent diet guidelines!

Ayurveda’s main principles:

  • The mind and the body are connected.
  • The mind ultimately is the main factor in changing the body.

Ayurvedic food choices reflect:

  • An Individual’s Body Type, called dosha*
  • Life’s current circumstances and events
  • The season of the year

Sattvic foods: include most vegetables, ghee (clarified butter), fruits, legumes, and whole grains. 

*Individual Body Constitiution(type): Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

I encourage you to find your individual body type according to Ayurveda by taking a quick online test or if you are able visiting an Ayurveda specialist.

Eat and plan meals when you are relaxed.

In our fast paced society, we tend to eat to soothe ourselves. This can be very damaging to our body as we will consume more calories, and unhealthy food and drinks. However, you can learn to maintain a relaxed state of mind through breathing techniques, yoga and being in the present moment, which will naturally lead you to healthier and wiser food choices. Mindful eating, helps you to connect with your body’s diet needs and to become satisfied easier. Other ways to stay connected with a meal are eat while sitting down and avoid watching T.V. while you eat or eating while driving.

Eat your biggest meal in the middle of the day.

The sun hits the earth the strongest in the middle of the day, corresponding to the most amount of heat and digestion in your body. For this reason, Ayurveda teaches that the middle of the day is the ideal time to eat your biggest meal in order to fully digest your meal and get the maximum amount of nutrition in one day.

Ayurveda calls your digestive energy, agni (fire). A strong agni allows you to efficiently make body tissues, eliminate waste products and produce good health as oppose to letting excess food and toxins cause bodily diseases.

Apply the non-harming principle.

Following the Yoga principle of , or non-harming, you should connect with the origins of your food. Who produced this food that you are about to eat and how were the animals treated? Are you eating more meat than you need to? Think about the environment and how your food supports a healthy environment. Eat organic, local, seasonal whole foods whenever possible.

Non-harming also means, not harming yourself. Eat nourishing food, drinks, and teas that protect your organs and your body.

Eat only as much as your body needs

Eat only when you are definitely hungry. One way to accomplish this is by eating at the same time everyday. Your body begins secreting digestive juices even before you eat if you follow a food routine. Have you ever been starving when you ate lunch too late?

Taking your time chewing and tasting the food and noticing with all your senses the food’s properties you will be able to eat slower and eat the perfect amount!

I hope this helps you get ideas on ways to eat like a Yogi. Just remember, no one is perfect, practice unconditional love towards yourself. Slowly over time, strive towards a healthy diet. And if you loved the look above as mush as we do, visit 90degreebyreflex.com to shop the hottest yoga leggings, yoga capris & yoga tanks online!