What Is Yoga?

Yoga works to join the mind, body, and the breath. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which means “to attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate ones attention on, to use and apply.” In this way, yoga works to join the mind, body, and spirit of the one who practices. The word spirit is derived from the Greek word spirare, which means, “to breathe.” Essentially, yoga helps us connect to ourselves and bring us to a more centered and balanced state of being.

Yoga is based on poses called, asana. These asana come in the form of standing poses, seated poses, backbends, arm balance, inversions, and supine. Each pose has a variety of health benefits for our body.

As we move through asana, we work to connect the movement with the breath. Breathing in on poses that open us up and exhaling on pose that fold inward. The combination of the two, helps to strengthen our muscles and our breath.