For thousands of years, Yoga has been practiced in India and is now spread all over the world, particularly to the West. Traditionally used by spiritual seekers as a means of self-development through mind-body purification, Yoga is a preventive as well as curative system of the body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurveda, on the other hand, means knowledge of life or knowledge of longevity. It is an all-inclusive routine of traditional health care and stresses upon the relationship among body, mind, and spirit. This is done in balance with the internal and external environment. To this extent, Ayurveda aim at restoring one's innate harmony.

Yoga is spiritual side of Ayurveda, and Ayurveda is the healing tradition of from which it emerged. Most people in the west associate Yoga with Hatha Yoga that emphasizes the practice of physical postures called (asanas). This, by and large, involves standing, forward, backward poses, and lateral bends, spinal twists, and inverted poses. Physical poses (asanas) are complimentary and separate from breathing exercises (pranayama) which, practiced together are a more comprehensive form of Yoga.

Yoga benefits anyone's mental health by helping him or her relax, and it is an effective form of psychological therapy. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress, resulting in better health, better mood, and better concentration throughout the day. Yoga has been used to help treat a wide variety of emotional and mental disorders, including acute anxiety, depression, and mood swings.

Even children can benefit from yoga. Those with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity can learn to relax and get control by using yoga breathing and yoga asanas. Because yoga is a form of meditation, it results in a sense of inner peace and purpose, which has far-reaching health benefits.

Yoga has been used to help heal victims of torture or other trauma.

Yoga can rid you of tension headaches and migraines because yoga circulates blood and oxygen to your head, which can often prevent headaches from starting.

A regular yoga practice helps boost antioxidants throughout your body, resulting in a stronger immune system and improved ability to heal quickly from disease or injury.

Yoga can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. Power yoga is a vigorous form of yoga that burns calories, resulting in weight loss.

Many women going through menopause report an easing of symptoms when they begin practicing yoga.

Yoga can help cure insomnia, as regular yoga practice leads to better and deeper sleep.

Yoga can help fight fatigue and maintain your energy throughout the day.

Yoga is an effective treatment for a variety of autoimmune diseases because it can reduce the symptoms these diseases often cause, such as stiffness, malaise, fatigue, and weakness.