What is Yoga?

Purpose & Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a practice that combines physical postures (asanas) with breath work (pranayama) to return union (the word “yoga” in essence meaning “in union”) to the body, mind, & spirit for which all humans regardless of race, skin colour, background, religion, or any other defining label, can benefit from.

The physical postures of yoga combined with breathing techniques are used to provide a wide range of relief from and alleviate health problems, reduce stress and make the spine supple in contemporary times. Yoga is also used as a complete exercise program and physical therapy routine. It is a package deal, for body, mind and spirit.

Both the meditative and the exercise components of yoga have been researched for both specific and non-specific health benefits. Yoga has been studied as an intervention for many conditions, including back pain, stress, and depression. In general, it can help improve quality of life, but does not treat disease.
However, everyone’s purpose for practicing yoga varies. Whether you are drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, the mental and emotional benefits or the more spiritual, yoga is there for everybody. Yoga is not a religion and does not discriminate. Yoga is a tool to return to pure love. Love for the Self and love for all others.
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