This discipline of a physical and mental practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago. The word yoga means union and refers to the connection between body, mind, and spirit. There are many types of yoga, from relaxing classes to more dynamic classes, which require more of the body physically, but one thing is certain: whatever style you choose to practice, it will dramatically improve your health.
If you think yoga is just touching your toes or lying on your stomach, that means you are missing out on the best of yoga. The most common techniques practiced in yoga are postures (asanas in Sanskrit), breathing exercises (pranayama in Sanskrit), and meditation.
If practiced regularly, yoga keeps you healthier. It can also help to reduce problems and pain, prevent the onset of diseases related to body imbalance, provide greater mental clarity, balance emotions, and much more.