Yoga means "union". It is union with the breath and movement, union of the mind, body and spirit, union of stability and freedom. Yoga is an ancient tradition of postures, breathing and meditation that build strength and increase flexibility.
Yoga is about gaining greater awareness and sensitivity. It is an exploration of places in our body that we typically ignore. It is about quieting our mind so we can access our still center.
Yoga is not a religion. It is an invitation to explore life fully with the belief that we are innately good and supported by a higher power. Yoga has the amazing ability to help us to feel more relaxed and energized at the same time.
You do not have to be able to touch your toes to do yoga. Yoga will help you gain flexibility but you can start yoga at any fitness level. There is no perfect pose. Every body is unique and the action of working towards a pose and using the breath consciously and fully will help you feel better and enjoy life more fully.
There are many different styles of yoga ranging from a very relaxed restorative yoga using props to help the body align and relax, to a rigorous practice of a specific series of postures. Yoga encourages an inner exploration. It is a balance of discipline and playfulness. The ultimate goal of yoga is freedom and expansion.
The symbol at the top is called "Om" which connects us with the Earth. It represents the inner and the outer being, the connection with all Life, and our waking, dreaming and deep sleeping states of consciousness. Om is immortal and inexhaustable life. It is a very calming and grounding sound.