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An ancient Hindu system of stretching and toning the body through movements or postures (asanas), composed of deep breathing, relaxation methods, and diet. Yoga is frequently part of stress-reduction programs.

It helps improve muscle tone, flexibility and mobility; reduces stress and anxiety; and induces a sense of well-being. The word "yoga" denotes a concept of discipline leading to union. The body and the mind form a continuum of consciousness and life that, when achieving a state of focus and clarity, may unite with Universal Spirit.




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Definition of Offering

The word Yoga come from Sanskrit and means union. It is a system of integrating and balancing body, mind, emotion and spirit.


Description of Offering

The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit and means union. It is a system of integrating and balancing body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Widely practiced in the East for thousand of years, it aroused little interest in the west until the twentieth century. Today  some practice it as a spiritual pathway and others as a form of exercise, it is a popular way to relieving stress.


This offering has its roots in ancient practices.


Origin of Offering

Ayurveda (Ancient India)


Creator of Offering (Nationality)

Patanjali (Indian) is called the father of Yoga.


Comments about offering’s origin/creator

Patanjali was not its inventor but the first to present Raja Yoga Systematically in the Yoga Sutras. 


Brief History of the Offering

The oldest surviving documentary evidence of what is now known as Yoga is from India and dates from the first millennium BCE. Archeologists in India have found artifacts depicting Yoga poses and believe that the origins began in southwest Asia more than 3000 years ago. Patanjali was the first to present Raja Yoga in the Yoga sutras. He defined yoga as the control of the thought waves of the mind. 


Fun Fact

Yoga Evolution:  *Raja Yoga, 1000 BCE Yoga sutras by Patanjali   *Jnana Yoga, 900 BCE philosophers wrote the Upanishads. (Text intended to educate and quiet the mind.)  *Karma Yoga, 300 BCE, Bhagad gita by Sage Vyasa based on the universal law of Karma.  *Tantric Yoga, 4th Century CE, Created by the buddhist Sage Asanga develop his philosophy of harnessing the energy of the senses and imagination to  achieve the higher consciousness and eventually enlightenment.  *Bhakti Yoga by Ramanuja, 1000 CE, prayers, songs of praise, mantras and meditation are used as ways of uniting brahman and atman and achievieng enlightenment.  *Hatha Yoga, 1000 CE, 'Ha' means sun and 'Tha' means moon, this symbolize the masculine and feminine.




Primary Benefit Received

Balancing body, mind and spirit


Other Benefits

Increase Flexibility, Stress Reduction


Research Publication

The Health Benefits of Yoga and Exercise:  A Review of Comparison Studies

Alyson Ross and Sue Thomas

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2010), V 16(1)


Primary Findings of Research

In the studies reviewed, yoga interventions appeared to be equal or superior to exercise in nearly every outcome measured except those involving physical fitness.




Typical Length of Offering

60 - 75 minutes


The offering is most often provided to small groups (3-10)


Offering is primarily suited for:

Day Spa (wellness focus), Resort/Hotel/Cruise Ship Spa, Destination Spa, Hospital/Rehabilitation Center, Club Spa (day or residential)


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Common License/Certification or Training necessary to provide the offering:

Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Life Coach, Yoga Instructor


Information about the most often used offering protocol

Yoga Class

Linda Doeser

The Yoga Directory (2003), 49-156


Comments about Offering Protocol

The are many references about Yoga. This is one of the books that represent a general compilation about Yoga.


Type of space/facility most often used for the offering:

Group Fitness Studio


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Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?



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Does the offering require the use of products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.)?



Does the offering require the use of disposable supplies (i.e. cotton squares, balls and swabs, lancets, etc.)?



Equipment and supplies needed to provide the offering:

Yoga Mat, Strap, Yoga Blocks, Yoga Music


Beyond labor, linens, disposable supplies and products, please list any other direct costs associated with the offering?



Including only the following items (products, disposable items, linen laundry, and other direct costs---not labor), what is the typical cost of the offering?

$0 - $150 USD


Comments about offering costs.

The investment happens at the first time, to buy Yoga mats, straps, Yoga blocks, and the music.  after that you just pay labor, laundry and cleaning supplies.


Typical single session price of the offering.

$20 - $300 USD


Comments about offering price.

Yoga can be offered as a complimentary amenity. A private Yoga class will cost around $110 USD and a group class will cost around $20 to $30 USD.  Workshops can cost around $ 200 to 300 USD.




Publication used to prepare this submission.

The Yoga Directory

Linda Doeser

History of Yoga (2003), 16-19


The Yoga Bible

Christina Brown

Yoga posture (2005)


Author Information

Vanessa Infante

Spa Director, One&Only Palmilla


Author Biography

Vanessa Infante started as Spa Director in 2007 at The Tides Rivera Maya. In 2009, was Spa Director at Capella Pedregal, voted Best Spa in the World by Travel & Leisure. Currently working at One&Only Palmilla Spa, recently voted Best Spa in North/South America. She is a certified International Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and holds several massage certifications.


Editor Information:

Mary Wisnom

Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA