Yoga can improve mindfulness in life. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a state of mind where you have the sense of awareness and acceptance of life and without any judgement. Yoga originated in India at least 5,000 years ago, according to the American Yoga Association. The forms typically practiced in the United States, combining standard stretches and poses with breathing techniques, first caught on in the 1960s.
Nearly 10% of U.S. adults and 3% of children participated in yoga in 2012, up from 5% of adults and 2% of children a decade earlier, says the survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Yoga has also been shown to be especially effective at treating mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
• Start with a beginner’s class, even if you think of yourself as fit.
• Tell your instructor, If you have health problems – such as chronic knee or back pain –
• Let the instructor know if you prefer not to be touched. Yoga instructors typically adjust students’ positions.
• Let the instructor know if a position gives you a discomfort feeling
With the spreading popularity of yoga, many variations can be found and availability of yoga classes is growing.