10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Yoga

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Interesting facts about Yoga

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The yoga most Australians practice today is a contemporary take on traditional hatha yoga. We often hear about the common benefits of a regular yoga practice, such as reducing stress and improving general health and wellbeing. However, here are 10 things you may not know. 

  1. Yoga originated in India and is one of the oldest physical disciplines in use. Although modern yoga is often quite distinct from the traditional, some aspects are still very similar such as the breathing, general postures and yoga binds.
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  2. The word yoga means yoke or union (like egg yoke – what holds it together).
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  3. Yoga breathing is called pranayama breathing. There are many types of yoga breathing that have been shown to positively effect health and wellbeing.
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  4. Yoga hand positions are called mudras. Mudras can be used as a way of focusing the body and mind during yoga practice.
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  5. Yoga can improve concentration and focus. Try the tree pose and see for yourself.

  6. The most popular type of yoga is hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is a form of yoga that originated in India. Most modern styles, such as the vinyasa style of yoga build on hatha yoga principles.
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  7. About 70% of yoga practitioners in the US are women and 30% are men.
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  8. Naked yoga is actually a form of yoga that is gaining popularity in the US and even in Australia.
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  9. The practice can help improve weight loss by improving the metabolism.
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  10. Yoga can improve your posture and balance. By building strength in the core and loosing up the body, many people find it easier to maintain a good posture after practicing yoga.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of yoga feel free to contact us and try out our boutique yoga studio

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