Yoga has become mainstream in recent years. And while we can all agree that not everything that is mainstream is good, yoga does live up to the hype.
Practicing yoga regularly is good for health, both physical and mental. But what exactly is yoga? Is yoga a workout or meditation? Let’s find out!What Is Yoga?
The practice of yoga has a history
of 5,000 years. It was developed in northern India and is now a popular practice in numerous countries, including the US, Canada, China, countries of Europe, etc.
Yoga is an integrity of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. This is why it has such a wide range of benefits. The mental health benefits of yoga include reduced stress and anxiety, calmness, improved attention and concentration.
As for physical health, practicing yoga helps with flexibility, strengthens muscles, increases energy levels, promotes weight loss, etc.
The benefits of yoga may slightly differ depending on the type you are practicing. There are different yoga styles
you can practice. Some of them, like vinyasa and ashtanga yoga, are athletic and have a greater physical impact.
There are also styles of yoga in which meditation elements prevail and they don’t require as much physical exertion.