Yoga is about waking the body up through physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual means. Hatha yoga, Indian tradition thousands of years old, is the kind of yoga most often practised in the all over the world today.

"ha" means "sun" and "tha" means "moon;" hatha describes a union of the two primary energies in the body: yang - or shiva, sun and yin - or shakti, moon. This balance manifests through steadiness and ease that takes shape, over time through asana (poses), pranayama (breath control), and other cleansing practices. Hatha yoga cleans the toxic cells in the body, opening it up to a more meditative, calmer state of mind.

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Yoga has evolved quickly since it was first introduced to the world 100 years ago. There are many different forms of yoga -- Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, to name a few of them. Hatha yoga uses tangible, physical body as a means for opening the mind/body connection. As sedentary creatures, quite literally shaped by the post-industrial revolution, we use yoga to wake up all levels of the body. For now, yoga in the 21st century is about evolving through an earnest, dedicated, and joyful exploration of joining the body with mind and spirit.

Yoga offers a profound solution to our bodies' woes. From low back pain to thyroid disease, headaches to bad circulation, depression to herniated discs. Yoga teaches the body to heal itself  and to wake up and experience the reality, the "realness," of being alive.

What is yoga simple definition ?

Yoga means "union," typically defined as that between the limited self (jiva) and the cosmic self (atman). Yoga is also defined as harmony and health - a balance of opposite forces forming a union of mind, body, and spirit. There are numerous schools and teachings of yoga, with exceptions to virtually every "rule". What all have in common, however, is their concern with a state of consciousness. Yoga is not a religion, but rather a system of thought, action, and emotion-based on experience.

Why to do yoga ?

Yoga gives you energy and vitality, strength and flexibility. It can correct posture, cure diseases, clear the mind and reduce stress. Yoga can be done anywhere, does not require expensive equipment and makes you feel good by getting you in touch with yourself.

Is yoga right for me?

Yoga is for good everyone, not just those who are physically fit or spiritually inclined. Yoga's benefits are varied, comprehensive and far-reaching. Even difficult looking yoga postures have simple variations that almost anyone can do. You do not have to be well-toned, strong, flexible, fit or personally integrated to start Yoga.

What do you wear to yoga  ?

Wear whatever you feel comfortable doing yoga in. Most people wear tank tops or T-shirts, and yoga pants, sweatpants, or shorts. It is easier for the teacher to observe your poses, especially your knees if you're wearing something that is a bit tighter fitting. However, wearing such clothes is not a requirement. Yoga is typically done in bare feet, but wearing socks is also not a problem.

Should I eat before yoga?

Try not to, unless it's at least three hours before performing yoga. Yoga is a practice that, like any "exercise," is most comfortably performed on an empty stomach. More important, yoga works on the body physiologically and biochemically; interfering with this process via an undigested meal can cause discomfort or nausea, and it can compromise many of yoga's benefits.

How often should I do yoga?

We highly recommend doing yoga at least once a week. As with working out, the impact of yoga's benefits fades quickly if you don't integrate them into the body often. Different from most gym workouts, yoga poses and breathing practices teach you how to change your posture, feel better sitting at your desk, breathe more efficiently, and move more freely in your body. These changes happen quickly if you work with your body to undo years of conditioning (sitting in cars, typing, wearing high-heeled shoes, carrying heavy bags or purses), but they can be painful if you introduce them only once in a while. Yoga is a process; it has no goals. It's about seeing your body differently and learning to inhabit it more comfortably and fluidly. Yoga is about learning to "play your edges," or test your limits - without staying beneath them or going too far beyond them, and without judgement or ego. Much of the joy of yoga is lost if it's done sporadically.

Do you need a yoga mat ?

No. you don't need any mat while doing yoga, but use any cushion or blanket for insulation between body and ground.

Should I practice yoga at home?

Yes, you can practice yoga at home but it is more effective if you do it in an open and silent place. You can more focus on your mind and body where disturbing sounds are absent. Our body needs more oxygen while doing any exercise so a lush green park is a plus.