The word ?yoga? literally means ?union?, which essentially means, ?that which brings you into reality?. Yoga is a philosophy or way in which we live our lives. One of the things that should be maintained to follow a yogic lifestyle is a sustainable asana practice. Hang on Melissa, I?ve lost you, what the heck are asanas? I?m so glad you asked. Asanas, are quite simply the physical postures or poses that we move through, in what we call in the western world, yoga. And as you read on, when we talk about ?yoga?, we are talking about the asana practice.
The ultimate goal of yoga is to enable our bodies to be flexible and healthy, in order to sit for longer periods of time in spiritual practices, such as meditation. However, this is not necessarily the goal for everyone, and as you?ve read above, and with the fast changing world in which we live, a physical yoga practice has so many immediate benefits, more accessible to us than reaching enlightenment.