Yoga is intended to "increase relaxation and balance the mind, body, and spirit" (NCCAM) through ancient poses, controlled breathing, and meditation. During yoga, the body becomes both relaxed and energized.


The ultimate goal of yoga is to reach complete peacefulness of body and mind, which helps you to relax and manage stress and anxiety.


There are various styles of yoga. Some move through the stretching poses quickly, and are almost like an aerobic workout. Other styles of yoga relax you deeply and are more gentle. Some may be based on a spiritual philosophy, while other forms are used purely as exercise.

Benefits of Yoga

  • Improved mood and sense of well-being
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Improved muscle relaxation and body composition
  • Helps with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Improves overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility
  • Positively affects levels of certain brain or blood chemicals


Practice Yoga

If you are interested in practicing yoga, you can study yoga books, video demonstrations, or attend classes.


Yoga at UCI - Yoga classes are offered at the UCI Anteater Recreation Center. You can find the latest schedule of classes at the following website: Campus Recreation - Anteater Recreation Center

More About Yoga


NCCAM - Yoga

Wikipedia - Yoga


Yoga Videos:

Mayo Clinic - Yoga video

Yoga & Relaxation Video

Online Yoga Class