What Yoga Is (and Isn’t)

What is Yoga?

A Sanskrit word meaning “union,” Yoga is a discipline of many different forms that seeks to raise your consciousness and join you with your higher Self. It is designed to balance your mind, body, and energy, most commonly through practices of physical movement, deep breathing, and meditation. Yoga is practiced by many people of many cultural and spiritual backgrounds as a way to improve Self awareness, personal transformation, physical health and flexibility, and holistic inner wellness. Yoga can be practiced by anyone and everyone no matter their religion, ethnicity, or body type. Yoga is for everybody!

What Yoga Is Not

Yoga is not just another style of aerobics or exercise, and it’s not a form of gymnastics. It is not exclusive to “skinny folks” and doesn’t require you to be able to twist your body into pretzel shapes. At its most basic level, if you can breath, you can do Yoga! Although it’s popular in gyms and workout studios, Yoga goes beyond physical wellness and includes mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness as well. There are many forms of Yoga, some of which don’t require body movement at all!

Yoga also is not a religious system or tied to any single faith. In fact, Yoga can be incorporated into any belief system (or even non-belief system) as a positive way to live life and treat others. Different forms of Yoga are practiced all over the world by people of various faiths, from Hindus and Buddhists to Muslims and Christians.

No matter what, Yoga is not a place for judgment of others! Yoga is ever-changing and evolving, and is wide enough to welcome everyone!