What is Yoga

Through various modalities ranging from Bikram yoga (also known as hot yoga), to power yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and prenatal yoga, yoga benefits the mind, body, and spirit. Originating in ancient India, the word yoga means ‘to unite’. By practicing yoga, we unite our minds and our bodies through breath. Most Western yoga derives from Hatha, one of the six major branches of yoga. Traditional Hatha yoga consists of asanas (physical yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises). Like many calming spa treatments, yoga is a discipline that utilizes the mind-body connection to reduce stress, increase flexibility and enhance wellbeing.

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Types of yoga

Know Before You Go

1. From Kundalini yoga, which incorporates mantras and meditation, to strength-enhancing power yoga, yoga has many healthful benefits for the mind, body and spirit. 2. Whether you are looking for a sweat-equity-style workout or a restorative stretch, yoga improves flexibility, strength and balance. 3. Yoga studios, spas, and fitness centres offer a wide variety of classes so you can always find one that's best for you. 4. Buy a yoga mat so you don’t have to rent one, and so that you can practice your postures at home. 5. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a sweater and socks into the class...it can get chilly during the final resting pose savasana.