This week in our yoga class we spent a fair amount of time in tadasana, the so-called ‘mountain’ pose. It turned out that “tadasana” was the only Sanskrit word our teacher used in the whole lesson, and so again I found it echoing around in my head afterwards. Now, if Sanskrit is reputed to be very close to the root Indo-European language, what influence has the word “tadasana” had on modern English – that is, which everyday words are derived from the parts of the word “tadasana”? Conversely the Sanskrit root tada allegedly means “mountain”, and yet the two words don’t sound remotely similar. So where has the word “mountain” come from?
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