Questions about Yoga


What is Yoga?

Yoga, derived from the sanskrit "to unite," is an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga works on the muscular-skeletal systems as well as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, immune and nervous systems. The regular practice of yoga has been shown produce physical benefits including reduced anxiety, stress and blood pressure levels, and increased relaxation, flexibility, strength, endurance, and energy levels.

What is Hatha Yoga?

Traditional Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga focusing on moral disciplines, physical postures (asana), yogic breathing (pranayama), and meditation. The Hatha yoga practiced in the West consists of mostly asanas understood as physical exercises. It is a recognized practice for improving physical and mental energy and reducing stress.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy is a body-mind pracitce that integrates traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Yoga therapy provides a holistic treatment for stress and physical and mental trauma.

Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is not a religion, but many of its elements are incorporated into various religious traditions. Practicing yoga won't interfere with your religious practice. In fact yoga might enhance it.



Yoga Facts

15.8 million Americans, or 6.9 percent of U.S. adults, are believed to practice yoga (2008 Survey by Harris Interactive Service Bureau).

Yoga is thousands of years old. In the Indus Valley there are stones depicting yoga positions dating back 5,000-plus years.

The earliest written record of yoga is generally believed to be the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali, an Indian yogic sage who lived approximately 2,000 and 2,500 years ago.

Research suggests that yoga: