Yoga; Facts to Know

Yoga; Facts to Know

* Yoga has been practiced in the U.S. since the late 19th century, but it gained popularity in the 1960s.

* According to results of a study sponsored by the Yoga Journal and released in June 2003, 15 million Americans, or over seven percent of U.S. adults, are believed to practice yoga, an increase of 28.5 percent from the year before.

* Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety; accordingly, it is often recommended to relieve the pain and anxiety of chronic conditions.

* Yoga is thousands of years old. Stone carvings in the Indus Valley depicting yoga positions date back 5,000-plus years.

* During your practice, focus on your breathing as well as the position-stretching of the Asana; breathing is as important a part of yoga as the stretching.

* A fundamental tenet of yoga is that the body, mind and spirit are inexorably connected and need to be in a state of balance.

* You can work on some of the techniques throughout the day–seated at your desk, in your car–even at the computer.

* Since yoga involves weight-bearing postures, the practice is especially beneficial to your musculoskeletal system and may help prevent osteoporosis.

* Yoga is not a religion, but many of its elements are incorporated into various religious traditions. Practicing yoga won’t interfere with your religious practice–and it might enhance it.

* Even within Hatha, there are various styles and approaches. When looking for a yoga teacher, it’s helpful to check out different classes to find the one best suited to your needs.

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Editorial Staff of the National Women’s Health Resource Center 2002/09/29 2005/03/17 Yoga is a physical and mental practice that involves the body, mind and spirit. The practice – which originated in India – is designed to enhance awareness, create a mind-body-spirit balance, cleanse, heal and strengthen the body, liberate the true “S”elf and (as practiced today) improve fitness. Asana,Deep breathing,Dhyana,Hatha,Meditation,Postures,Pranayama,Yoga

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