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A typical Lotus pose for meditation.

What is Yoga?

The practice of yoga originated in India thousands of years ago,gaining poularity all over the world. In the U.S., about 11 million Americans practice yoga and benefit from it's positive health implications To practice yoga is to challenge one's physical, mental, and spiritual capabilities. The goal of yoga is to reach perfect tranquility and spirituality through poses called asanas, controlled breathing, and meditation.

Yoga and Science

Yoga is not practiced in a vacuum. In the past couple of years, research methodologies have improved, and scientific research both in India and in the U.S. have shown that yoga can improve stress and anxiety, back pain, insomnia, and cancer, multiple sclerosis, immune function,improves ower blood sugar and cholesteron, in addition to increasing ones overall strength and flexibiity. A great resource to turn to if you want to explore yoga is yogajournal.com

What Yoga Has Done for Me

I discovered yoga in the fall of 2010, and I have been hooked ever since. Its resorative and relaxing properties are essential, especially in our fast-paced, multi-tasking society. I practice yoga three to four times a week. The various poses and breathing techniques along with the meditations before and after a class, allow me to feel grounded and confident in all aspects of my life. The practice visibly strenghthens my body, improves my health, and balances my state of mind.