In Sanskrit (the ancient language of India) the word yoga means “union”1. This union occurs between the body, mind and spirit, and is about creating balance in all “aspects” of one’s life. There are many different types of yoga. However, in the West what is commonly practiced and referred to as yoga is actually “Hatha” yoga.
Hatha yoga is the physical aspect of yoga. A hatha yoga class will usually incorporate the practice of physical postures (asana’s) to develop strength and flexibility as well as various breathing practices (pranayama), meditation and relaxation techniques.