Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It’s a Hindu system of philosophy that encompasses the body, mind and spirit. The word itself comes from the Sanskrit word for 'union' or 'oneness'.
Yoga aims to bring ultimate physical health and happiness, together with mental peace and tranquillity, by unifying you with your inner self. There are many different types of yoga you could try: hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, iyengar yoga, bikram yoga or vinyasa yoga. The most common form practised in the west is hatha yoga – which is made up of a combination of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation.
You can be any age to practise yoga, and many people report a number of beneficial effects, including:
- Weight loss
- Better flexibility
- Stronger, leaner muscles
- Less stress
- A better night’s sleep
- Increased confidence
- Greater stamina
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