What is Yoga?

The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It is a derivation of the word yuj, which means yoking.  In modern practice, this is often interpreted as meaning union. Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit.

Physical...

Practicing yoga provides many physical health benefits. Some of the physical benefits of yoga are improving flexibility, increasing strength, blood flow, circulation, and improving muscle tone and deep breathing.  Stretching your body in different ways can increase flexibility and bring about a greater range of motion to the joints and muscles making yoga a great choice for cross-training or balancing your body from a sport such as running or cycling.  Yoga also sharpens your balance, coordination and body awareness.  As a form of low impact weight bearing exercise, Yoga can help to increase your bone and muscle mass by working against gravity during standing postures.   Bone is living tissue that constantly breaks down and reforms.  When you do regular weightbearing exercise, your bone adapts to the impact of weight and pull of muscle by building more cells and becoming stronger.

Mental...

Whether you are a workaholic or addicted to social media, Yoga helps you to disconnect.  Simple deep breathing techniques help you to relax and handle stressful situations more easily.  These breathing techniques can be used daily outside your practice to help manage stress, anxiety and worry.  In a Yoga class you bring your concentration to your postures which establishes a deeper sense of body awareness.  Through a Yoga practice you learn to live in the "present."  This thinking can be carried over into your daily life.  Our society is overwhelmingly focused to cellphones and social media.  By learning to live in the "present" we can disconnect from cellphones and social media to connect with family and friends.