India's spirituality, which is known in the west by the name of Yoga, is undoubtedly the most versatile in the world. The methods and lifestyles developed by the Indian philosophical and spiritual geniuses over a period of at least five millennia all have one and the same purpose: to help us break through the habit patterns of ordinary consciousness and help us realize our true nature.
The word Yoga, meaning to Unite or yoke together, is a method of training designed to lead to integration or union. There are many forms of "Yoga" that systematically work together to achieve this integration. The most well known method that has been adopted in the West is that aspect of Yoga that involves physical exercise or "Asana".
Proper exercise acts as a lubrication system to the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and so forth, by increasing circulation and flexibility. Yogic exercise can be compared to no other system in its complete overhauling of the entire being. A Yoga Asana (or Posture) is meant to be held for some time (the term "Asana" means steady pose.) Performed slowly and consciously, the asanas not only produce physical benefits, but are mental exercises in concentration and meditation.
Yogic exercise focuses first on the health of the spine. The spinal column houses the center of the nervous system, the telegraphic system of the body. As a direct extension of the brain, a healthy spine aids in the health of the whole body. By maintaining the spine's flexibility and strength through proper exercise, circulation is increased, the nerves are ensured their supply of nutrients and oxygen, and the body retains a youthful state.
Once you have committed to a regular practice of healthy exercise, breathing and balancing the mind, you will have a life full of energy, stamina, wellness and healthy mental activity. Everything is approached with more confidence and tasks become more rewarding. Your physical appearance will reflect an internal glow that emanates from an abundance of life-force flowing through the system.