For thousands of years people outside of Western civilization have practiced yoga as a means of keeping not only the body, but also the mind, in shape. In the last few decades yoga has become popular worldwide, and it is regarded as one of the best ways of keeping your body supple, and your mind free from stress.
Yoga is thought to have originated from India about 5,000 years ago, so you KNOW it’s been tried and tested through the millenia. Yoga has roots in spiritual awareness, calmness and tranquility, although the religious aspect of yoga has fallen away to a large degree and replaced with a secular body-mind harmony concept.
You will find that a yoga class may include the lighting of incense or candles as a means to create an environment of thoughtfulness, introspection, calm and focus – this makes it quite different from the techno-music aerobics classes.