In This Chapter
^ Debunking Yoga myths ^ Deciphering the word Yoga
^ Exploring the primary branches, styles, and approaches to Yoga ^ Understanding the yogic principles of being ^ Taking control of your mind, body, health, and life with Yoga
7hree or four decades ago, some people still occasionally confused Yoga with yogurt. Today, Yoga is a household word. The fact that just about everyone has heard the word Yoga, however, doesn't mean they know exactly what it means. Many misconceptions still exist, even among those who practice Yoga, so in this chapter, we clear up the confusion and explain what Yoga really is and how it relates to your health and happiness. We also help you see that Yoga, with its many different branches and approaches, really does offer something for everyone.
Whatever your age, weight, flexibility, or beliefs may be, you can practice and benefit from some version of Yoga. Although Yoga originated in India, it's for all of humanity.
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