Interesting Facts about Yoga

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  • Yoga is being practiced in USA since late 19th century but it only gained popularity around 1960s.
  • A survey conducted in 2003 showed that 15 million Americans practice Yoga.
  • The percentage of people that practice Yoga increases on an average of 20-25% every year.
  • Yoga is thousands of years old.
  • Yoga is not a religion, it’s a way of life that leads you to spiritual and physical self-realization.
  • Yoga can relieve pain of chronic conditions.
  • Yoga unites the body, mind and spirit into a balanced state.
  • Yoga prevents osteoporosis.
  • Yogic breathing expands your lungs.
  • Yoga relives anxiety and depression better than the anti-depressant drugs.
  • People who practice Yoga are believed to live longer than their counterparts who don’t.

More Interesting Yoga Facts

  • The actual meaning of Yoga is to join together. Thus, the purpose of yoga is to unite body, mind and spirit.
  • In 2008, 16 million Americans spent about $5.7 billion on yoga gear.
  • “Doga” is nothing but yoga for dogs.
  • Hatha yoga is the most popular type of yoga in Western nations.
  • Research reveals that yoga can be used to enhance sexual performance and orgasms, and prevent premature ejaculation.
  • Though most westerners use yoga for its physical benefits, traditionalists consider hatha yoga as a step on the ladder to spiritual liberation.
  • Swiss psychologist Carl Jung studied yoga deeply and helped to make it popular among westerners.
  • Most yoga practitioners consider it more spiritual than rigidly religious.
  • In the US, some Christian fundamentalist organizations oppose the teaching of yoga in public schools, as they contend that yoga has Hindu roots which conflict with Christian beliefs and also violates the separation of state and church.
  • Some health experts warn that hot yoga is dangerous as it is performed in extreme heat.
  • Research reveals that yoga helps to treat asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Yoga experts say there are more than 100 schools of yoga.
  • In Malaysia, some muftis banned yoga as they deem it incompatible with Muslim faith.
  • Russian Lena Fokina has become controversial for inventing “baby yoga” which involves spinning, tossing and swinging an infant.

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