Yoga is becoming more and more popular around the world. What exactly is it, where did it come from and what are the health benefits of doing yoga?


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What is yoga?

Most people know yoga as a kind of exercise which aims at developing strength and flexibility. To practise yoga, you learn a series of ‘postures’, where you put your body into different positions. The correct breathing is also important. However, yoga is really about more than just exercise. In 2014, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, asked the United Nations to create an International Day of Yoga, saying that yoga ‘is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature’. He felt that yoga could not just help people to be healthier but also help connect people to each other and to nature. The United Nations agreed, and International Yoga Day is now celebrated on 21 June.

Where did yoga come from?

The history of yoga goes back at least 5,000 years, and some people claim it is nearer 10,000 years ago. It was first developed in Northern India and at this stage was a spiritual as well as a physical form of exercise, connected with both Hinduism and Buddhism. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, yoga was introduced to the Western world when Swami Vivekananda travelled to the United States to talk about yoga at a conference in Chicago in 1893. Others followed in the 1920s and 1930s, and by the 1960s yoga had become a very popular form of exercise in the United States and in Europe. Most people who practise yoga today do not do it for spiritual reasons.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga is good for the mind and body. Regular practice of yoga helps people to improve their balance and stamina. Although you won’t really get out of breath, like you might playing football or running, it does help to keep your heart healthy and you can lose weight. It can also help with back pain.

The breathing taught in yoga can help people to reduce stress and anxiety. There are lots of different possible breathing patterns you can do. Yoga also improves concentration and helps people to sleep better, so it’s great for anyone who’s under pressure at work or in their studies.

Different types of yoga

There are lots of different types of yoga, so you can choose what suits you best. Hatha Yoga is often good for beginners, because you hold each position for a few breaths. In Vinyasa Yoga you change position much more quickly and you might get out of breath. It’s quite challenging if you haven’t done much yoga before. Bikram Yoga is sometimes called ‘hot yoga’, because the room must be heated to around 40 degrees. As well as these and other more traditional forms of yoga, there are also some more unusual modern forms of yoga. For example, you might enjoy ‘laughter yoga’, where people do breathing exercises and laugh about nothing in particular – laughing is very good for your health. Or what about ‘Aeroyoga’, where you do yoga while you are hanging from the ceiling? It’s supposed to be very good for your back. Or ‘Doga’, where you do yoga together with your pet dog?

Whatever kind of yoga you choose, there are definitely some health benefits, and you should have fun too.



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Submitted by hchansinilo on Thu, 11/03/2021 - 16:17

I tried yoga since pandemic comes this year, and its really fun! At first i think yoga can help me to lose weight, but it also reducing stress and boost my stamina. And yeah i feel so relaxing and enjoy my day!

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Tue, 23/02/2021 - 13:29

In my opinion, yoga is the best exercise to us. Because yoga have all the benefit such as weight loss, reducing stress, and balance our stamina. If we join to do yoga we definitely get more impacts for our body, mind and emotion. Yoga help us to keep balance our daily activities. Yoga make us feel more healthier to do some hard works such as pulling the big box in work place. Yoga also push to keep a smile with our friends, family members and society. Furthermore, yoga reduce our stress level to zero. YOGA IS THE BEST EXERCISE TO KEEP US MORE HEALTHIER AND STAY POSITIVE.

Submitted by Rad on Sun, 10/01/2021 - 12:30

actially I ve been always concerned with this Yoga thing. But now it is obviously clear. And personally speaking, i would go for the so-called Laughter Yoga because it seems just nice as I appreciate laughing - which is great for our health. besides, stress is Killing people today, then what in earth would prevent us from relaxing and practice some breathing exercises.
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Submitted by danisep on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 21:14

I think that have correct and proper breathing is good for our health, and sometimes we have a bad one. I think that it is interesting to do it to reduce stress and improve our breathing because if I want to get strength and stamina I prefer to go to the gym.

Submitted by rahul rebari on Tue, 22/12/2020 - 14:14

if you want to over come your stress you must do yoga every day yoga is very good for health as well as your inner peace

Submitted by Khemry on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 04:39

Yoga is the best exercise for me

Submitted by lorenzo92 on Sun, 12/07/2020 - 07:02

I am not doing yoga, but I'm reading a book which is Inner Engineering written by Sadhguru, its a book which is related to Yoga, there are lot of variety of yoga, and explain the connection between you and the earth. So I think frist you will have to understand this connection, after it you should practice yoga, and it will be more effective!

Submitted by Fayaz Ahmad on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 12:59

I have seen it in movies particularly in Indian films but never tried it, hope will do it under an experienced trainer to kill my anxiety and obesity Lol.

Submitted by mohnuriman on Thu, 02/07/2020 - 09:52

the article is so interesting. knowing much more about yoga with a clear explanation. I really agree that yoga makes it healthy for people who want to increase their stamina and reducing stress. I often see many people have been doing yoga together on Sunday morning. for me, it is a great choice for everyone!

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