What is yoga? What is its purpose? Who can practice yoga? These are all questions that people who have never heard of yoga ask all the time. Understanding what yoga is all about is a great place to start.
What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice that has its roots in India. There are different types of yoga like raja, hatha, vinyasa, kriya and tantra. Most forms of yoga deal with controlling your breathing, stretching and strengthening your body, and meditating.
What is the purpose of yoga?
According to the ancient yogi and sage Patanjali, the purpose of yoga is to quiet the mind. Practicing yoga helps develop your ability to focus on a level in which the constant activity or chatter of the mind becomes muted, calm and still.
Who practices yoga?
Pretty much anyone who finds the idea of yoga fun and interesting can do yoga. There is a common misconception in Western society that only ultra-flexible, ultra-spiritual people practice yoga. Quite the contrary, yoga welcomes every body type, every level of athletic ability, every age, religious identity and philosophy. It is truly all-inclusive.