Yoga is a Hindu system of spiritual, mental and physical training designed to bring about human reunion with the universal spirit or Supreme Being. This means to become ‘soul conscious’. The word ‘Yoga’ in Hindi means ‘union’ or ‘yoking’. In the West, it’s more popularly associated with the physical aspect - the exercises and postures known as Hatha Yoga. According to Yogic philosophy, the breath embodies the individual’s prana, or life force, and so conscious breathing practices play a very important part in Yoga. Breathing can be consciously modified with a beneficial effect on well-being.