Nǐ xǐ huan liàn yú jiā ma?
Do you like to practice yoga?
Nǐ zuì xǐ huan de yú jiā tǐ shì shì shén me?
What's your favourite yoga posture?
If you are into yoga and you come to China, you will soon discover that many yoga classes are taught in Chinese. But this should not drive you away! By learning the essential yoga-related vocabulary, you can follow the instructions and connect with your Chinese yoga teachers.
Let's look at some essential Chinese vocabulary for a smooth yoga practice.
01. 'Yoga' in General
练瑜伽 (liàn yú jiā) ∙ to practice yoga
哈他瑜伽 (Hā tā yú jiā) ∙ Hatha yoga
流瑜伽 (liú yú jiā) ∙ flow yoga
阿斯汤加 (Ā sī tāng jiā) ∙ Ashtanga yoga
Vinyasa瑜伽 (Vinyasa yú jiā) ∙ Vinyasa-style yoga
空中瑜伽 (kōng zhōng yújiā) ∙ aerial/fly yoga
One of the essential instructions during any yoga practice is coordination of your breath.
breath; to breathe
Your teacher might use such instructions as:
吸 (xī) ∙ to inhale
呼 (hū) ∙ to exhale
深吸 (shēn xī) ∙ to inhale deeply
深呼 (shēn hū) ∙ to exhale deeply
03. Body Parts
Knowing what different parts of your body are called in Chinese will help you understand your teacher in case she/he gives you some verbal adjustments.
Here are the most common body parts that might be mentioned during a yoga class:
腿 (tuǐ) ∙ leg(s)
膝盖 (xī gài) ∙ knee(s)
脚 (jiǎo) ∙ foot/feet
肩膀 (jiān bǎng) ∙ shoulder(s)
胳膊 (gē bo) ∙ elbow(s)
手臂 (shǒu bì) ∙ arm(s)
腹部 (fù bù) ∙ abdomen
髋 (kuān) ∙ hip(s)
背 (kuān) ∙ (bèi) ∙ back
Source: That's Mandarin