Yoga is an ancient system of meditative exercises developed over the past 2,000 years in India. Most people connect the word yoga with stretching postures and exercises. The practice of yoga also includes breathing techniques, visualization, diet and cleansing regimens. The practice of yoga increases flexibility, improves blood circulation and reduces stress.
There are many different types of yoga that vary slightly in their approach. Some people practice yoga simply as a form of physical exercise or as a relaxation technique. Others may practice it as a form of Indian medicine in which the flow of vital energy or prana is enhanced. Yoga is also practiced to increase self-awareness and achieve enlightenment.