The practice of yoga has been around for over 5,000 years. Traditionally a spiritual (but not religious) discipline, yoga includes physical practices, many different types of meditation, and breathing techniques, to ultimately unite the body, mind, and soul. Yoga poses are designed to gently increase the body’s efficiency and total health. Practicing yoga under the direction and supervision of a certified yoga instructor is different from other forms of stretching and exercise, as each pose is linked with breath, further uniting the movement of the body with the flow of the breath. Breathing techniques, in which the yoga student slowly increases breath control, improve the function and overall health of both the body and the mind. In yogic philosophy, breath is the source of life in the body. With regular practice of yoga postures (asana) and breath control (pranayama), the body and mind are primed for meditation, and the student will find silence and healing from everyday stressors. Maintaining a regular practice of these three parts of yoga can transform your life, producing a bright and clear mind and a strong, flexible, and capable body.