What is Yoga?
Yoga is an exercise that works on your mind and body at the same time. Yoga helps you with your posture and breathing so that you can have a healthier life. Thousands of years ago the ancient yogis turned their minds inwards and discovered their true nature. This allowed them to work out a system of body and breaking exercises which results in vitality, rejuvenation and peace of mind. Yoga is a low impact exercise that includes relaxation, lowers stress and relieves tensions. Yoga also helps you tone and strengthen your muscles and loosen your joints.
Yoga was developed in India that is traced back to 5000 years ago. The goal for yoga is to united with the absolute or the true self through physical postures and breathing exercises. There is a difference between stretching and normal exercises. Yoga does not have sit up and push ups for it to become an exercise. Instead yoga teaches you the concept of focusing your awareness while performing specific postures. There are several rewarding benefits behind yoga, and they are improved physical fitness, stress control, general well being, mental clarity, and greater self understanding. One thing that is good about yoga is that there is no age requirement. Anyone at any age can do yoga, even those with disabilities or special needs. Yoga allows you to enhance your posture, strengthen your muscles, coordination, flexibility and agility and it can heal your bad back.
There are many people who do yoga for body fitness. It helps you control your cholesterol level, reduces your weight, normalizes your blood pressure and improves your heart performance.
Other research has shown that yoga is also helpful for people who have asthma, epilepsy, anxiety, stress and other.
Most athletes will perform better if they did yoga before regular training. Studies have shown that adding yoga in an athletes routine training program has helped them develop strength, flexibility, range of motion, concentration, cardiovascular health and reduces stress, tension and tightness. Yoga allows athletes to train harder and at a higher level because range of motion is greater and the fear of injury has lessened.