HATHA-YOGA originated in India 5.500 years ago. The word yoga means union and thus means the integration of the body, the mind, and the soul. Yoga is not a religion, but could be best described as an art, a philosophy and a way of living that could easily be integrated into our hectic Western lifestyle. The micro-purpose of yoga is to strengthen and stretch the body through physical postures to gain flexibility, while the macro-purpose of yoga is to attain an overall understanding of ourselves and therefore gain clarity of mind and through meditation understand our place in the universe. Practicing the Hatha-Yoga lifestyle improves the quality of life.