Originated in ancient India, Yoga typically means 'union' between the mind, body and
spirit. It involves the practice of physical postures and poses, which is sometimes
referred to as 'asana' in Sanskrit. As the name suggests, the ultimate aim of
practicing Yoga is to create a balance between the body and the mind and to attain
self-enlightenment. In order to accomplish it, Yoga makes use of different
movements, breathing exercises, relaxation technique and meditation.

Yoga is associated with a healthy and lively lifestyle with a balanced approach to life.
The oldest physical discipline in existence known to humankind, Yoga brings stability
to the body and the wavering mind. It increases the lubrication of joints, ligaments
and tendons of the body. Studies in the field of medicine suggest that Yoga is the
only form of physical activity that provides complete exercise to the body, because
it massages all the internal organs and glands. This in turn reduces the risk of many
diseases. Yoga can create a positive permanent difference to the lifestyle of
anybody practicing it on a regular basis.

Yoga is the perfect way to ensure overall health and physical fitness. Through
meditation, breathing exercises (called pranayams); you can banish all your stress and
lead a healthy life. In fact, it is one of the best remedies know to humankind, for
curing chronic ailments that are otherwise difficult to be cured by other
medications. People suffering from backaches and arthritis are often suggested to
do asanas that concentrate on providing exercise to the muscles at the strategic
locations. Pranayams are the best exercises to increase the capacity of lungs

In the present time, more and more people, especially the Westerners, are resorting
to Yoga to find cure for chronic health problems and attain a peace of mind. They are
also curious about knowing what exactly is Yoga and what are included in it. Although
many of us are well aware of the heath benefits of the physical activity, not every
one knows about the origin and exact definition of Yoga. It is a popular belief that

Yoga merely includes stretching and warm up exercises. Of course, yoga involves
stretching, but includes many other things beyond that.

Never too late to start!