70 Amazing Facts About Yoga

1.) Yoga originated in India

2.) Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in existence

3.) Yoga is over 5,000 years old

4.) Yoga was originally practised as a form of healing

5.) Yoga is inspired by practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism

6.) The word yoga means yoke or union

7.) The earliest Yogis are said to have been intoxicated on the sacred drink soma

8.) The maximum amount of skin should be exposed to the air while practising yoga

9.) The best-selling yoga book in English is Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika by B. K. S Iyengar

10.) Yoga connects the mind, body and soul

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11.) Yoga combines body postures, breathing and meditation

12.) The official language of Yoga is Sanskrit

13.) There are 19 different types of Yoga

14.) There are 66 official yoga postures

15.) Yoga breathing is called pranayama

16.) Yoga hand positions are called mudras

17.) Yoga improves your immune system

18.) Mudras affects the flow of prana – life energy within the body

19.) Chair Yoga is practised by seniors / people with disabilities

20.) Bikram or hot yoga is practiced in rooms heated to 40°C and 50% humidity

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21.) Jivamukti yoga is performed to music

22.) A glass of lukewarm water should be drunk before commencing yoga

23.) In Mysore yoga students are invited to practice whatever postures they please

24.) Yoga increases self-confidence

25.) The largest yoga center in Asia is the Markandeya Yoga City in Bali

26.) Yoga improves concentration and motivation

27.) Dawn is the best time to practice yoga, because the air contains the most prana – life energy

28.) Yoga was first introduced in the US in the late 19th century

29.) The most popular type of Yoga in the US is Hatha Yoga

30.) Americans spend $5.7 billion a year on yoga classes and Yoga Products

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31.) 15.8 Million, or 6.9% of adults in the US practice yoga

32.) 72.2% of US yoga practitioners are women, 27.8% are men

33.) 71.4% of US yoga practitioners are college educated, 27% have postgraduate degrees

34.) A session should begin with gentler postures, advancing into more difficult ones

35.) Yoga eases digestion

36.) Yoga relieves anxiety, depression and stress

37.) Yoga improves your mood

38.) Yoga leads to a more positive outlook on life

39.) Yoga reduces anger and hostility

40.) Naked yoga is gaining in popularity across Europe and the US

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41.) There should be plenty of ventilation in the room where one practises yoga.

42.) Yoga improves memory

43.) Yoga helps to make you live longer

44.) Yoga helps to quit addictions

45.) Elizabeth Gilbert’s experience with Yoga led to “Eat Pray Love” which has sold over millions of copies worldwide

46.) Yoga aids weight loss by improving metabolism

47.) Yoga reduces cellulite through muscle stretching

48.) Guarasana or Eagle pose has been said to improve male sexual performance

49.) Yoga helps you sleep better

50.) Yoga improves posture

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51.) Yoga can reduces menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes

52.) Yoga improves balance

53.) Hasyayoga or Laughter Yoga is practiced in more than 60 countries

54.) Yoga makes you more graceful

55.) Yoga improves reactions times

56.) Yoga prevents migraines

57.) Yoga delays ageing by stimulating detoxification in the body

58.) Yoga can alleviate allergy symptoms

59.) Yoga increases pain tolerance

60.) Yoga reduces blood pressure and pulse rate

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61.) Yoga helps prevent disease by massaging internal organs

62.) Yoga heals the body and prevents injuries

63.) Yoga can prevent Alzheimer’s disease

64.) Yoga alleviates Asthma symptoms

65.) Yoga helps people with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

66.) Yoga is best practised on an empty stomach

67.) Yoga should not be practised in front of a mirror

68.) Loose clothing should be worn when practising yoga

69.) The mouth should be closed – breathing though the nose only

70.) Yoga should be practised in a quiet, dust-free room

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