The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It is a derivation of the word yuj, which means yoking, as interpreted as meaning union. Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit.
Meditation is one way, but sometimes it is necessary to prepare the body for meditation by stretching and building strength. This is the physical practice of yoga, also known as asana.
Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility and by proper breathing.
This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose.
Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.
" Yoga stresses the Need to Make Lifestyle Changes to Bring About and Keep This Balance. Many Factors, Both Internal and External, Can Disturb the Balance and are Reflected as a Change in One’s Constitution From the Balanced State to An Unbalanced State. Yoga helps to Re - Establish One’s original Constitution ".
" Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self " - The Bagawad Gita.