Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice with originated in India. The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means "to join" or "to yoke". In yoga we join of body, mind, and spirit to create harmony.
The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date around the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west. In the 1980s, 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.
Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in mind, body, and spirit.
Here's a list of some of the most beneficial aspects of yoga:
- It increases endurance, strength and flexibility.
- Improve respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintenance of balance and metabolism
- Protection from injury
- Poor and average posture begins to correct itself over time.
- Body awareness increases
- Improves attention, concentration and mood
- Body systems function more efficiently.