what is yoga?

The word “Yoga” is derived from its Sanskrit root yuj, a word that means “bind”, “yolk” or “unite”.  Ultimately, the many different practices of Yoga move us to form a union and balance with and between mind, body and spirit.

There are many different yoga practices, and the one most popularised in the West is that of Asana (physical postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques).  This is what ‘y is for yoga’ teaches tots, kids and teens: the physical asana (postures) and age appropriate breathing exercises – each of which has its own specific benefit.  The benefits are varied: physical, emotional or mental, and aim to bring about a balance between strength and suppleness, mind and body.