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Adding yoga to ones lifestyle can reap many benefits. Watching television is a sedentary activity, and one can easily perform yoga while watching TV. For doing yoga, a person does not need to move away from his place. He can be in a room, do yoga, and watch TV at the same time. Moreover, one does not get bored while doing yoga when he does it with watching TV or listening to music. Also, one can get many benefits from yoga, and available time can be utilized in doing multiple good activities. Yoga has become an increasingly admired form of exercise over the years as it covers more than simply exercise and meditation.

A male who practices yoga is called a yogi or yogin, whereas a female who practices yoga is referred to as yogini. The word yoga can loosely be translated as to join or unite. It is believed to be made up of eight limbs namely, asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), yamas (restraints), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), niyamas (observances), and samadhi (absorption). The main objective of traditional yoga is to achieve samadhi, which is a state of inward enlightenment.

Benefits of yoga

Yoga has helped young and old people who are suffering from heart problems. Studies have revealed that yoga helps to lower blood pressure, and it increases resistance to psychological stresses. Moreover, it improves physical flexibility, strength, and endurance. It can alleviate the pain of people having back problems. Yogic breathing and meditation definitely improve a persons physical and mental health.

Types of yoga

There are various popular types of yoga such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Kundalini, and Hatha yoga. In Vinyasa yoga movements and breaths are coordinated in a fast pace. Each asana (pose) is balance with a counter pose to harmonize mind and body. Ashtanga follows a series of asanas that constantly flow, permitting each movement to receive a breath. Famous yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar designed Iyengar yoga. Bikram yoga is taught in heated rooms of 105 degrees F or warmer. Kundalini yoga style emphasizes spiritual aspects of yoga. In Sanskrit, Ha means sun and Tha means moon. Hatha yoga focuses on using basic poses to relieve stress in body and mind.

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