Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/; Sanskrit: योग;) is a great activity of improving flexibility, balance, and strength. There are many different forms of Yoga, and many different poses. Yoga is very popular and most recreation facilities offer classes, it is also a great way to meet new people.
Yoga refers to traditional physical, mental disciplines, and spiritual practices originating in India in the fifth and sixth century. The word is associated with meditative practices in Buddhism and Hinduism. In Hinduism, it also refers to one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal toward which that school directs its practices. In Jainism it refers to the sum total of all activities—mental, verbal and physical.
Yoga, as a system combines physical drills, meditation, and breathing exercises with the aim of honing an individual's control over their body and mind. Its proper practice entails emphasis on balancing the mind, body and spirit.
Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include:
- Raja Yoga (Raja Yoga)
- Karma Yoga (Karma Yoga)
- Jnana Yoga (Jnana Yoga)
- Bhakti Yoga (Bhakti Yoga)
- Hatha Yoga (Hatha Yoga)
- Naam Yoga (Dr. Joseph Michael Levry)
- Ashtanga Yoga