Yoga history and overview
Yoga has been practiced for centuries. These books can help provide some background information on yoga.
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Yoga-definitions of common terms
Yoga - translates as "to yoke" or union. Yoga is a practice of physical postures, linked with breathe to provide strength and flexibility. The physical practice, called asana, is designed to strengthen a person for meditation.
Asana - a physical posture or pose used in yoga practice.
Namaste - a gesture and word that can be interpreted in different ways. It is used as a respectful gesture often said and done at the end of a class/practice. One interpretation is I bow from the light within me to the light within you.
Hatha - refers to the physical practice of yoga, often symbolizing balance.
Vinyasa - the movement of mulitple postures, flowing from one to another.
Sanskrit - an ancient language of India, the language the traditional names of yoga asana's are in.
Sun Salutation - a sequence of poses practiced in yoga.
Om - a spiritual sound often spoken at the beginning and/or end of a yoga practice
If you are new to yoga, the following links may provide some guidance on where to start.