Everything you want to know about Yoga
Yoga means discipline. The art was developed by an Indian named Patanjali. The year in which it was founded is not clear but many people site the year as 300 A.C. The purpose of yoga is to increase concentration and strengthen the body through the stretching muscles. Yoga was still popular among other forms of exercises because of its simplicity. Many athletes and sport persons practice yoga.
Yoga can be considered just as a form of exercise or a way of life even, depending upon the person who practices it. Some saints and virtuous persons practice yoga to achieve the extreme level of consciousness. Breath control and body control are the two important aspects of yoga. Yoga differs from exercises which help to strengthen the muscles. Instead of rigidness yoga gives litheness.
Concentration and balance are the two much needed possessions for yoga. Lack of concentration affects balance and lack of balance affects concentration. By learning to concentrate in yoga, you will learn to concentrate on whatever you do. Yoga involves nature mingled exercises. There are positions which can be traced to the shape of animals like snakes, cats, crab, etc. For instance, the posture similar to snakes movement needs to lie down on stomach with head kept flat on the ground. Then front and back movements should be made with the help of hands and forehead.
Each and every exercise of yoga develops strength and serenity. A skilled trainer can tell you the effects and benefits of each posture. In yoga, exercises are available for particular diseases or pains such as back pain, leg pain, etc. So yoga is used also as a treatment method and this is where yoga stands out from other form of exercises. Depression, fear, stress, pressure and all such mental torments can also be handled well by practicing yoga.
To know more on yoga, search local book stalls. You are sure to get some good books which explain all the asanas and their benefits. Otherwise internet is also a good source but they are sometime wrong and give unrelated reports.