People practice yoga because it makes them feel better.  It is a discipline in which a practitioner meditates as he performs certain poses and breathing rhythms with a sense of focus and awareness of the inner self.

Yoga helps to give you a healthier body, mind and spirit.

According to research, yoga has the ability to relieve stress, chronic fatigue, back pain, headaches and other diseases.  It is a relaxation technique that has a calming effect on your mind and body which can lead to a lower blood pressure and relief from anxiety.

Medical science has acknowledged yoga for its health benefits.  In fact many doctors recommend it to their patients to improve their physical and mental conditions.

Other benefits of yoga include:

1. It improves your stamina and makes you stronger and more flexible.

2. It helps to improve your self-esteem.

3. It helps to boost the immune system.

4. It promotes better circulation.

5. It helps to improve concentration and creativity.

The Origin of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that began in India more than 5,000 years ago.  It was developed as a reaction to the Hindu Vedic religion which was focused on symbolic rituals.

The ancient yogis developed yoga because of their desire to experience direct spiritual experience.  Indeed, they succeeded in achieving divine consciousness which enlightened them and gave them “true happiness” and freedom from the external realm.

Yoga is a Sanskrit term which means union because of its ability to unify the mind, body and spirit.  It is the ultimate goal of all yoga methods.

Is yoga good only for spiritual persons?

Yoga has spiritual as well as psycho-physiological effects.  It was developed for people who believe in the spiritual side of life.

But if you don’t believe in spirituality, you can still do yoga because it is an exercise.  It helps to liberate you from certain physical and mental burdens.  It is a discipline that trains you to focus and be aware of the present and your inner self.