Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.  Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health, though not all of these benefits have been backed by science.

Below are the health benefits of Yoga:

1) Improves Flexibility- Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing a greater range of motion to tight areas. Over time, you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips. As we age, our flexibility usually decreases, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can help reverse this process.

2) Perfects your posture- Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it's balanced directly over a

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