Originating in ancient India, the practice of yoga dates as far back as 3000 BCE – over 5000 years ago. While there are various branches of yoga which focuses on different aspects, this article is about the more popular Hatha Yoga, the physical and mental branch designed to prime the body and mind. Yoga is a combination of posture-based physical, mental and breathing exercises that strengthens the body, relieves stress and relaxes the mind. One of the great things about yoga is that it’s suitable for everyone – young, old, fit, out of shape – whatever your current form, you can reap the benefits of yoga.
Speaking of benefits, yoga holds numerous advantages, some of which are highlighted below: