A yoga posture is a bodily position held during a yoga routine that involves proper alignment of the arms, legs and torso. According to the Mayo Clinic, the combination of yoga postures and breathing promotes stress management and relaxation.
Yoga postures, known as asanas, involve more than stretching, states the Yoga Journal. As one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, asana practice is said to create a strong connection with one's true, essential nature. In Sanskrit, which is the ancient language of India, the word yoga translates as "yoke" or "union," and describes the integrated mind, body and spirit awareness of the yogic experience.