Yoga is a form of physical and mental disciplines that originated in India. It usually involves a series of postures, called asanas, which follow a specific sequence and incorporate breathing techniques, all designed to integrate body, mind and spirit. The practices are a means to achieve higher states of consciousness through moving meditations, with a goal of freedom or liberation from attachment.
There are a variety of yoga styles and techniques, created by various gurus or respected teachers, each with a specific approach. The overall sense of well-being experienced by yogis and yoginis justifies their perspectives that yoga is more than just exercise—it's a way of life.
Encinitas is one of the greatest places in the country for yoga. There are a number of studios practicing a variety of styles and techniques (see attached photos), with opportunities for everyone from beginners to advanced yogis.