A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.
The Sanskrite word YOGA means ‘union’ or ‘yoke’. The bringing together of the breath awareness; body awareness; mind awareness. One doesn’t have to be a practicing Hindu to practice yoga. The beauty of yoga is that it offers to all a calmness and deep relaxation to all, without religion or faith.
Asanas are the preparation of the body through Hatha yoga (physical body postural work) in order to bring you to the more meditative and spiritual aspect of yoga.
There are many types of yoga practices in our western culture now. But it is recognised that practising yoga has great benefits for healthy mind, body and outlook of life.
Yoga is one of the oldest practice in the world and there is evidence of its existence in cultures all over the world before 500BC.