What Is Yoga?
Yoga is a system of exercise that develops a strong, flexible and healthy body, a relaxed and alert mind and a contented outlook on life. At the simplest level, Yoga is a system of exercise that works the entire body. It uses physical postures (known as "asanas") and breathing techniques ("pranayama") that strengthen muscles, lubricate joints and rejuvenate the brain and other internal organs. However as the body and the mind are dependent on each other and interlinked, working the body also works the mind and brings about mental serenity.
Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world. It is an Indian philosophy that has been practiced for thousands of years and is still totally relevant to today's modern world. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root 'yuj' meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one's attention on, to use and apply. It also means union or communion.