Yoga is more popular today than it has ever been; and Yoga classes and studios worldwide are brimming over with aspiring yogis. The image of the yoga-pants clad and yoga-mat laden fitness enthusiast is ubiquitous all over the world – from Bangalore to San Francisco; and Dubai to London or New York! Yoga teachers are growing in numbers as there seems to be an insatiable appetite for the Yogic way of life and all its trappings – exotic YTTC retreats, organic foods, green tea, et al!
In this blog-post I’ll explore the Top 7 Reasons Why People join a Yoga Class in the first place. There are of course many more but over a decade I’ve observed people usually fall into one, more or even all of these categories!
1) Fitness and Weight Loss: There are more women attending classes in Yoga studios than men; estimates put it at about a 4:1 ratio. This even though traditionally most Yogis were Men! And that is simply because Modern Yoga seems to stand primarily for Asana – and so Yoga classes are seen as a Fitness class. Most women would like to lose a little weight or tone their bodies and so Yoga seems to fit their need perfectly! From Ashtanga yoga, which in many ways was the world’s first yoga program that catered extensively to Fitness, to Bikram Hot Yoga and Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga – all have helped thousands of women and men lose weight and tone up; where other traditional fitness regimens like the gyms were failing. The hormonal changes brought through Yogasanas helped people lose the extra kilos that the calorie-burning workouts could not alter.
2) Flexibilty: At the start of the modern Yoga boom, most […]