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Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in existence. The word itself comes from Sanskrit and means to unite. This means that it helps bring together different elements of your health. Yoga involves a range of breathing and stretching activities that make your body stronger and more flexible. It is especially helpful for loosening your joints. There are many different styles of yoga but most of them have common elements.

There are so many benefits that lots of people can experience when they choose to use it to relax and to stay fit and healthy. It can be a part of your exercise regime as well as something you can do to promote inner peace and even help you to sleep.

Although you can join a class at a local gym, it's possible to learn a few basic moves that you can do daily. By taking time to do these you'll make yourself feel the benefits of the exercise without having to even leave your house. You are advised to buy a yoga mat instead of doing it on your floor but these can be picked up for next to nothing.

If you suffer from back stiffness try the easy movement known as a pelvic tilt. This involves lying on your back with your hands stretched out by your side. Slowly lift your hips from the floor. Doing these daily can easy back pain and loosen your hips. Try to do at least ten of these to benefit from them. Doing them daily may help with any back or posture problems you suffer from.

The downward facing dog is an odd sounding movement but one that is easy to master. Lean forward without hunching your shoulders to put your body into a V shape. Hold this for up to thirty seconds at a time. This stretch includes your legs, arms and back.

Tadasana also known as the mountain pose is another very easy one for you to do. Stand with your hands together as if you are praying then list your arms right up into the air. You can feel this basic movement work wonders on any stiffness you might have in your chest and of course helps circulation in your arms. Take a deep breath each time you do this for further benefits to your chest and breathing.

Resting and relaxation can be assisted by using the badly named corpse pose, which is frequently used at the end of yoga sessions. The purpose is to allow the body time to come to terms with the exercises it has just undergone. This involves lying fully relaxed on your back with arms out wide by your sides. Although you are eyes are closed this does not mean it's bed time. After at least five minutes of this roll to one side and slowly come back to sitting position.

By completing these easy to remember movements you can get the best from the ancient art of yoga and benefit from its many invigorating qualities.

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