The practice of yoga started in ancient India with the purpose of finding a state of permanent peace. Hindu monks brought the style of exercise to the western world. It became a popular physical exercise around the 1980’s.
Many studies have been done about its effects on cancer, schizophrenia, asthma and heart disease. Long time practitioners claim that yoga has significant benefits on muscular and mental health.
Yoga is a great way to cross train especially for athletes and weight lifters who have a tendency to get tight muscles.
The programs entail holding different, and sometimes awkward body positions for extended periods of time. It lengthens tight muscles, corrects imbalances, and strengthens muscles. Most yoga experiences also involve a meditation period at the end.