Yoga means to “yoke” in Sanskrit, a word that implies a bringing together—a unifying of the body and mind. Yoga and meditation complement each other and, when done regularly, are an excellent mind–body discipline that can have a dramatic effect when practiced regularly.
Regular yoga practice increases flexibility, strengthens muscles and joints, improves balance and circulation, and promote states of deep relaxation and awareness. As a result, many people experience a greater sense of physical and mental well-being.
Mindful hatha yoga is practiced like meditation, namely, by maintaining non-judgemental moment-to-moment awareness and not striving to get somewhere, simply allowing yourself to be just as you are. It involves exploring your limits and not pushing beyond them, exploring and playing at your edges while honouring the wisdom of your body, listening closely to the messages it sends you.