Many people think that yoga is just stretching
The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where it originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, it is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits.
Yoga, which derives its name from the word, “yoke”—to bring together—does just that, bringing together the mind, body and spirit. But whether you use yoga for spiritual transformation or for stress management and physical well-being, the benefits are numerous.