In the Bhagavad Gita, (an amazing story everyone should read) Sri Krishna explains to Arjuna the meaning of Yoga as a deliverance from contact with pain & sorrow. It is said: "A lamp does not flicker in a place where no winds blow; so it is with a yogi, who controls his mind, intellect and self, being absorbed in the spirit within him. When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of Yoga, the yogi by the grace of the Spirit within himself finds fulfillment."
The eightfold path, as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, lays out the means in our quest for reunion with our Soul. The Asanas, or physical poses, which has become the 'face' of yoga in the West is only the third limb, in this one path of Yoga. However, given the way we live our lives it's an integral piece of our overall practice of Yoga. The Asanas keep the body healthy and strong and in harmony with nature.
Here you'll find Asanas with the Sanskrit and English names and some benefits of each pose. Making this physical aspect accessible to everyone is important to Minerva, so feel free to drop a line and ask any questions.