Everyone can benefit from adding a mind-body activity — such as yoga — to their fitness routine. You can substitute yoga for your regular workouts once or twice a week. For example, instead of lifting weights or doing your regular stretching routine, do a session of yoga. Some mind-body classes are intensely demanding, so make sure that you don’t overload your workout schedule.
Developed in India more than 5,000 years ago, yoga consists of a series of poses (known as asanas) that you hold from a few seconds to several minutes. The moves — a blend of strength, flexibility, and body-awareness exercises — are intended to promote the union of the mind, body, and spirit. Most forms of yoga focus on relaxation and deep breathing as you perform and hold the poses.
There are many forms of yoga. Most include the same fundamental poses but differ in terms of how quickly you move, how long you hold each pose, how much breathing is emphasized, and how much of a spiritual aspect there is.
Some styles offer more modifications to the really bendy and