There is nothing new about yoga. Even in the Yoga Sutras (ancient Hindu texts), it was taught, and its path of relaxation and meditation used as a path to inner tranquility.
In the western world, the first mention of yoga is when two students from the East met in India to study it. Its influence is seen today in the form of yoga schools, yoga supplements, yoga videos, and the numerous yoga products out there that help people reach their yoga goals. For the most part, westerners appreciate the benefits that yoga brings.
The main reason that yoga works is the combination of physical activity and mental calmness. When we become less anxious, less stressed, and a little more relaxed, we are able to focus our attention on something else besides our stress and anxiety. This is when we find our focus returning to us quickly. Yoga offers us a safe place to use our minds to relax.
The benefits of yoga for the mind include the ability to focus our thoughts and get more done, the ability to be more aware of our body, and also a much better understanding of what we are doing physically during the physical activities we do. We know that exercising is good for us, but we don’t always remember that if we aren’t mindful of what we are doing during our physical exercise activities. By paying attention and focusing on physical aspects, we can achieve things we never thought possible.