YOGA is a Sanskrit word that is commonly translated as "union." Yoga is the union of the body with the mind. This ultimately allows for self-realization and self-awareness. Yoga is a state. You are not 'doing yoga.' Hatha yoga is a series of practices including asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), meditation, and relaxation to open the heart to a greater sense of inner peace. There are several different styles of Hatha Yoga, including vinyasa, Kripalu, Iyengar...+more!
YOGA IS NOT A RELIGION. Yoga creates a sense of inner peace. Inner peace is universal and follows no one path. All people of all faiths practice yoga.
YOGA FOR FITNESS is great! Yoga has many benefits for physical health including, increasing flexibility, strengthening and toning muscles, improving cardiovascular circulation and stress reduction. These physical gains are secondary to the emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits from a routine practice. Yoga is by far the OLDEST fitness "FAD!"
YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE. Anyone regardless of age or ability can participate in yoga! Yoga is not a goal, it is a path. You do not need to stand on your head or touch your toes to 'do yoga.' It is a process. Engage in yoga to stretch your mind and the body will follow.