What is yoga?
Yoga is a blend of strength, flexibility, and breathing exercises that can help keep you both physically fit and mentally calm. The object of yoga is to develop an awareness of your body and develop the mind-body-spirit connection. It's about finding balance inside yourself. The physical practice of yoga consists of gradual, slow movements called postures (asanas
) and focused breathing (prana
). The names of the postures are in the ancient Sanskrit language. That's why some of them sound funny when translated into English—like Cow Face Pose! back to top
What can yoga do for me?
Practicing yoga regularly helps you build strength while you develop more flexibility
and improved circulation
. It's also a great way to release stress and tension. Through yoga breathing techniques you can give your metabolism
a boost and improve digestion. back to top
How do I get started?
All you need is a little time and space—a level surface such as a hardwood floor, linoleum, or a firm rug will do the trick. Also, wait at least one hour after you eat to practice yoga. If you watch the Yoga 101 video, the instructor will introduce you to a few of the hundreds of yoga postures:
The instructor recommends finishing your yoga practice with at least 5 minutes of relaxation in Corpse pose (savasana
). back to top
About the video instructor: Nicole Bacon
Nicole Bacon is a former dancer and has been a certified member of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) since 1990 with specialty recognition in Mind/Body Integration. Nicole has been practicing and studying Astanga yoga (more popularly known as Power Yoga) for more than 6 years. back to top