|WHAT IS YOGA?|
Yoga is a holistic experience that encompasses a mind-body connection and dates back to 5,000 years ago. Hatha Yoga is only one branch of many variations of Yoga, and one of the most widely practiced in the United States. Within this practice there are bodily postures, (asanas), incorporated with breathing techniques, (pranayama), as well as meditation, (dyana). There are hundreds of different asanas, each with a number of variations which work to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and concentration. A typically Hatha Yoga class consists of a series of asanas that incorporate breathing techniques. These asanas include backward bends, forward bends, and twisting movements. Yoga is not a competitive sport, but a means to self-awareness and self-improvement.