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1) Description- Yoga is the balance of mind and body exercise and the attempt to attain self-enlightenment. There are many different types of yoga and hundreds of schools. The most common types of yoga are Hatha Yoga, Raja yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Karma Yoga. Yoga is considered to be the only type of physical activity to be a complete exercise because it works all of your internal organs and glands that may not be worked by lifting. 2) History- Yoga was developed in India about 5000 years ago. The ancients wanted freedom, long and healthy life and live with a heightened self esteem. Yoga was inscribed on palm leaves thousands of years ago and can be found on ancient sculptures. The history of yoga can be split into three parts: pre-classical, classical, and modern period. It was developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in the northern India, the word "Yoga" was mentioned first of all in the Rig Veda, the oldest sacred texts.  3) Benefits- There is an abundance of benefits from practicing yoga on a regular basis. This includes improving your posture because you are increasing your body’s strength and flexibility. This happens when you use your deep abdominal muscles to maintain each pose. With a strengthened core, you will sit and stand taller, therefore improving your overall posture. Even though yoga is not focused on aerobic fitness, it can help to improve your performance by emphasizing deep breathing and expanding your lung capacity. Yoga is also known for having a positive effect on heart disease. It can lower your blood pressure and slow your heart rate, which lowers your risk for heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Yoga is highly known for its ability to lower stress and make a person calmer. It does this by quieting the body’s “mind chatter” that often causes stress. By depending on deep breathing and focusing on your breath, your mind calms itself. It also creates a calming feeling by lowering levels of the hormones....
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