The Basics of Yoga

Yoga is a practice of using breathing, exercise, and meditation techniques. It was first began and developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word “yoga” originated in the Sanskrit language, and is derived from the Sanskrit root Yugi, meaning to join or to yoke or to unite.

There are many benefits and reasons to incorporate yoga into your daily routine. It can improve your physical health such as your flexibility, building muscle strength, perfecting your posture, improving your bones, and much more. Not only does it improve your physical health, but your mental health as well. It can reduce stress and anxiety, help you sleep, and generally give you a calm state of mind.

Yoga can truly transform your body and mind. With practice, you can see results in just a few weeks. It’s something everyone is able to do at home, with no gym or equipment required.  

Written By: Loren Marcos - Elgin Rec Center