A few months ago, one of my yoga teachers closed a class with a joyous expression and asked students to join along in shouting “jai!” The word was new to me, and pronounced like “eye,” not “day.”

She explained that the word is in essence a salute to her teachers, past and present.

It’s been about eight months since I started my yoga journey at the local gym. What started out as a once a week class gradually turned into a four or five classes a week. Yoga has become an important part of my life, and I am starting this blog to explore the experience and culture of yoga with my audience.

To my teachers past and present: Jai! With deepest gratitude, I salute and celebrate you.