In the past five years, it seems as if the epicenter of the 5,000 year-old practice known as yoga has shifted from its ancient home in India to the United States. According to IbisWorld, yoga is a $9 billion industry that employs nearly 95,000 people in the U.S.
Why are so many people practicing yoga? The answer is an easy one: it feels good and is good for you.
Among the many health benefits are the facts that yoga protects the spine, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, increases blood flow, boosts the immune system, and lowers both blood pressure and blood sugar. According to Yoga Journal, practicing yoga also eases chronic pain, soothes the sinuses, prevents allergy symptoms, and improves lung capacity.
While you may want to do yoga, you may feel prevented from joining your corner yoga studio due to the high cost of yoga classes. This is certainly understandable when the average yoga class across the U.S. costs $12, as reported by Cost Helper Fitness.
Luckily, there are a number of free yoga videos and podcasts that make yoga accessible. While a yoga mat is useful, all you really need is a soft, non-slippery spot of carpet. So what are you waiting for?
Try out your very first yoga class today at home!
Start with the below yoga video for complete beginners by Yoga Vidya. The 20-minute video begins with relaxing poses for the lower back, and moves to standing poses to relax the neck and shoulders. Students are then instructed in a series of seated poses intended to increase flexibility and strength in the back. The class ends with a few spinal twists and the resting pose known as Shavasana.
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