1. Yoga is an ancient form of meditation; an awareness practice that melds body, mind and breath.

2. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to unify or to yoke.

3. Yoga is often NOT practiced on Full Moon or New Moon Days because some yogis believed the moon has a direct effect on our bodies by affecting the water within us.

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME - DECEMBER 13: From, Holly Martzial, of South Portland, does a yoga pose while her friend takes her photo at Bug Light Park. Martzial said that she walks the Eastern Trail with her dogs all the time.

4. Longer Life: People who practice yoga are believed to live longer due to expanded lungs in deep belly breathing exercises which benefit the heart.

5. Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, was one of the first leading westerners to study Yoga in detail.

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875 � 1961), the founder of analytical psychology, 1960.

6. Rig-Veda is believed to be the oldest known texts in the world and contains elements of Yoga.

India, Young Student Of Religious Studies Memorizing Rigveda Or Vedas.

7. The yoga symbol “Om” is part of both Tibetan and Hindu philosophy.

8. According to a Norwegian study, yoga boosts the immune system on a genetic level. A Dartmouth College medical study links yoga to helping brain injury patients. Another shows yoga helps ease chronic pain.

Justine Carlisle, top, 'walks over' Kara Seymour, bottom, while performing AcroYoga at Akari Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

9. The regular practice of yoga can reduce food cravings, and subsequently, the habit of overeating

10. Yoga can bring relief to people suffering from migraine headaches, according to a published report in Harvard Health Publications

The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the “Indus-Sarasvati” civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. Yoga was slowly refined and developed by the Brahmans and Rishis (mystic seers).

According to Portland, Maine area yogi, Alice Riccardi, children in India don’t begin yoga until the age of 13 or 14, when adolescence begins.

“Kids doing yoga is great and they don’t need to do as much yoga because they aren’t bogged down physiologically,” Riccardi explained. “In fact, the first day of your yoga practice is considered your real birthday.”

Tory Ryden will have more on the yoga healing connection Wednesday night on NEWS CENTER at 6.