What does yoga mean?

In Sanskrit, yoga means “to add”, “to join” or “to unite” but its meaning is by far more diverse and complex, and it can take on meanings such as connection, contact, method, application or performance.

The benefits of yoga are great and extend on both physical and psychological level.

First of all, it is important to know that anyone can practice yoga because it encourages the overall health and wellness and has no age restrictions. Yoga represents not only a way to work out, but a lifestyle, a way to create a balance between your mind and body achieving a new level of inner peace and tranquility.

The most amazing thing related to yoga is that it gives you the ability to choose a yoga routine that fits your lifestyle, whether you are a person in search of relaxation, or you want to meditate, or maybe you seek to balance your feelings and emotions or you simply are an expecting mother, you are free to practice yoga and discover what benefits this discipline can have. On a physical level, yoga helps you to improve your balance, your posture, flexibility, strength and endurance; meanwhile on a psychological level it helps you to become more aware of your sensations, thoughts and feelings. Reaching to a connection between those two levels is the real art of yoga.

No matter what are your yoga goals, you need to be open minded about it because there are many and different ways to practice yoga because let’s face it people are also different, they have different bodies, different needs, so of course, they can have a different approach when it comes to doing a yoga routine. This is what makes yoga such an unusual activity suitable for everyone.

The first thing you need to know when practicing yoga is how to find your breath, the way you breathe influences your power to focus and helps you to put your thoughts in order.

In the beginning, if you are new in this field you might think that yoga means to work out until you are short of breath and tired but this is completely false. One of the primary  purposes of yoga is to make you feel more relaxed, to lower your heart rate and your blood pressure. Studies have shown that yoga improves the quality of life, and is making it by reducing stress, anxiety, insomnia or depression. Specialists are becoming more aware of the connection that yoga creates between your mind and your body and about its medical benefits.

All that being said, yoga can be an excellent choice if you want to adopt a more healthy or spiritual lifestyle, or if you want to know more about how to find your inner peace in a world dominated by noise, on the internet, on TV, when you go to work, dealing with your daily duties, in traffic, etc.