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Dating back 5000 years, yoga is the oldest defined practice of self-development.  Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he had to integrate the body (action), mind (intelligence) and spirit (emotion).  The yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this.  The results of which we know today as classical yoga, which include ethical disciplines, physical postures, breath control and meditation.  Yoga is a practical philosophy, not a religion, and requires no allegiance to any particular system of belief. In the beginning it can be helpful to think of Yoga as being a means of creating space; space in joints, length in muscles and space in our lives.  It starts by just becoming aware of our bodies in space, and extends to becoming aware of our souls in the world, how we operate and what impact we have on ourselves, and others. Yoga is an ancient practice, which has stood the test of time to become a most valuable tool to navigate modern life.