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What is Yoga?

Stop what you are doing. Stand up slowly, take a deep breath in and have a really good stretch. If you can, stand on your tiptoes making yourself as tall as possible and take your arms up trying to touch the sky with your fingertips. Breathe out slowly and come back to where you were standing. This is yoga! Doesn't that feel good?

Yoga is a system of physical and mental exercises which will install a sense of peacefulness, tranquility and wellbeing. Yoga has been practiced in India for over 5000 years. Yoga is a sanskrit word which means the union of the mind, body and soul.

People come to yoga for a variety of reasons, to relieve stress, to tone the body and keep it youthful, to help alleviate ailments such as migraine, arthritis and depression. Others use the principles of yoga to enrich their spiritual life. Whatever reason you are attracted to it, you will reap the benefits of this ancient science.

Yoga is a discipline so you must practice to achieve its benefits. Try to choose a time of day that you can give to yourself. The asanas and postures may seem challenging at first, but with practice you will become more and more flexible. As you become more advanced in your yoga practice you will feel happy, healthy, an inner calm and in total control of your own destiny.


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