Although Yoga is more than 10,000 years old but we started hearing heavily about it in the past 20-30 years. Below we will share with you some of the health and spiritual benefits of Yoga in addition to the types of Yoga that you can practice as a starter.

History of Yoga

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga)

Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/;[1] Sanskrit, योग Listen) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

It’s believed that Yoga originated in the East generally and in India particularly due to all the indicators.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west & around 1980’s yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies have been mixed and inconclusive, with cancer studies suggesting none to unclear effectiveness, and others suggesting yoga may reduce risk factors and aid in a patient's psychological healing process.

On December 1, 2016, Yoga was listed as UNESCO’s Intangible cultural heritage.

Benefits of Yoga

If you have been practicing Yoga for a while you would have definitely noticed its benefits and the effect it has on your body, if you’re new to Yoga you have to give it some time to start enjoying its countless benefits.

Yoga helps to:

  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve sleep ability and quality
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Enhance posture
  • Protect the spine
  • Protect the joints
  • Enhance bone health
  • Increase blood flow
  • Enhance blood circulation
  • Enhance immunity
  • Stabilize blood pressure
  • Increase heart rate
  • Regulate adrenal glands
  • Increase Serotonin levels (the Happiness Hormone)
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Promote right breathing
  • Ease pain
  • Encourage self-esteem and consciousness

And much more!

People are resorting to Yoga for many reasons besides its health and spiritual benefits; nowadays Yoga has become increasingly popular and its benefits ever more apparent plus it’s widespread so it became a convenient and affordable activity especially for those who love sports or self enhancement activities, and in some cases, it replaced sports.

If you are interested to start practicing Yoga check the below

Types of Yoga for beginners

(http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/yoga-for-beginners-kundalini-yin-bikram/)

  1. Hatha
  2. Vinyasa
  3. Iyengar
  4. Ashtanga
  5. Bikram
  6. Hot Yoga
  7. Kundalini
  8. Yin Yoga
  9. Restorative

Yoga is not just a class that you take once a week, it’s a lifestyle that you apply in your day to day activities and work and in your daily interactions with colleagues and friends and family. Yoga is a way of life!

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