Yoga: An ancient discipline

Yoga is a developing discipline that dates back to India some 5,000 years ago. Yoga, by definition, is a unitive discipline, or training, that focuses on the current of spirituality.

Yoga improves cardiovascular health, tones muscles, increases flexibility and invokes calmness. Yoga is a meditative discipline that reduces anxiety while sharpening the mind.

There are 40 types of yoga used today. Hatha yoga, one of the oldest and most popular styles of yoga, dates back to ancient times and is the discipline of force. It emphasizes techniques of breathing incorporating various poses. Hatha yoga is ideal for individuals who experience stress or fatigue and need relaxation.

Popular styles of Hatha yoga include Amanda (mediation yoga), Ashtanga (motion yoga), Birkham's Yoga College of India (heat yoga), Integral (prelude to meditation yoga), Kundalini (breath of fire yoga), Kripalu (made to measure yoga) and Iyengar (precision yoga).

Even though there are so many yoga styles, choosing the one that best fits your needs is not as difficult as it may seem. Determining which style is right for you is merely a matter of evaluating your goals and current fitness level.

If you have never tried yoga, make sure you take it slowly. Yoga is about progression. Before you know it, you will see real results and reach the goals you've set.

To learn more about yoga, visit the Yoga Research Center.

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