So what's the reason behind this sustained popularity ?
1. Weight loss
You don't need to do an intense yoga workout such as Ashtanga or Bikram, a gentle daily yoga practice will stimulate your digestive system and balance your hormones, leading to weight loss.
2. Higher fitness level
Yoga learns us to do physical exercise without increasing our heart rate. You don't need to be sweating and grasping for air each time you work out to have a beneficial effect on your fitness level.
3. Improved strength and flexibility
We don't use weights in yoga, we use our entire bodyweight ! We also target lots of small muscles that other sports never use keeping our entire body strong and flexible.
4. Improved posture
A yoga practice is all about the right alignments. The yoga teacher will constantly remind you to sit up straight, engage your abs (in most of the postures), keep your pelvis forward and keep your shoulders back and relaxed. After a while, you will automatically maintain this good posture.
5. Increased energy
The poses we practice send new oxygen to all the muscles in your body making you feel refreshed and rejuvenated after each practice.
6. Reduced stress
Numerous studies have shown that practicing yoga decreases stress levels by 20% . Yoga also teaches us to let go and to accept whatever comes on our path.
7. Correct breathing technique
We learn to breathe through the belly and not through the chest. These big breaths increase our lung capacity and make us feel calm. When used in daily situations, this breathing technique can make us think clearer and reduce stress levels.