Yoga means union in Sanskrit. Many yoga traditions believe that the practice of yoga leads to a union of a person with their true self or with God. Yoga has many benefits including increased strength and flexibility, better balance, coordination, and concentration, and overall stress reduction.
There are several types of yoga, including Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, and Kundalini. Some yoga poses are used throughout the various types of yoga, however; there are others that are unique to a particular style. The various styles and practices all serve to calm the mind.
I’ll generally focus on asana, stretching and strengthening yoga poses, however; yoga practice is multidimensional and includes meditation, breathwork, visualization exercises, and its own philosophy.