Yoga has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years and for many, many years in the UK. It enjoyed niche rather than main stream popularity, mainly I suspect due to ignorance about the discipline, as well as it being viewed as being something rather left field and eclectic!
However in those niche areas but has continued to be practiced and performed on a regular basis with most if not all practioners being extremely positive about the discipline and the benefits it brings. This core of hardened enthusiast has grown steadily for a number of years and it continues to develop steadily more so each year, especially with the advent of Bikram yoga; Bikram yoga is performed in a heated room.
As sportspeople have reached out into different and related areas to better train and equip themselves Yoga has seen quite an exponential growth over the last five years.
For me, yoga is something I have added to my training repertoire because of the importance of mobility and being able to maintain a level of flexibility. It is no surprise that players such as Ryan Giggs in football is playing top level at 40 years old, or Brad Thorne in rugby listing yoga as a key reason for their longevity in their sport.
I think people are enjoying yoga more especially the Bikram style because they find it physically challenging and sweating profusely can be satisfying.
There is an element of muscle toning as well as the flexibility, so is great for toning your body. It is also something you can do in a group environment or individually.
Yoga can be relatively inexpensive with lessons, and free if you practice yourself. Another advantage of practicing yoga is the ability to practice this anywhere and at anytime.
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