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The Growing Popularity of Yoga

By Kouhei Omote

There are many ways to stay healthy, and one of them is doing yoga. Many people in modern Japan know yoga. In addition, yoga classes are held everywhere in Japan. There are more than 30 different types of yoga.


Yoga is said to have originated in the Indus civilization in India around 4,500 years ago. Yoga originally referred to the practice of meditation. It was introduced to Japan from Tang China in the Heian period under the name “yuga.” After the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas incident in 1995, there was a period of time that could be called a “winter period” for yoga due to reputational issues.


However, the yoga boom that has been spreading in Japan since 1990 was triggered by American celebrities. At that time, the sarin gas incident was beginning to fade from people’s memories in Japan. There was once again a huge yoga boom in Japan. Since 2010, there has been a huge hot yoga boom in Japan, especially among women. It is rare to find a country in the world where hot yoga is so well supported.

Yoga has also become a booming diet and health practice. It is also thought to help reduce stress, relax the mind, and promote self-management. One of the best things about yoga is that it is easy to start, especially if you do it at home. You can do it as long as you have enough space to lie down.


However, yoga mats and yoga wear will help you do yoga more safely and correctly. If you are serious about getting into yoga, you will need a little more preparation. First, you will need to drink water. This is necessary to stay hydrated. Second, you will need yoga clothing, a change of underwear, and sweat towels and a bag to put them in when they get wet with sweat. The reason for preparing these is that yoga makes you sweat a lot. Finally, you will need something to use to shower with. This is a good thing to have ready if you really need to wipe sweat off quickly.


There are many poses in yoga. One of the most famous poses is the “pigeon pose.” The Pigeon pose is said to be effective for strengthening the core and for weight loss. The right leg is bent inward, the left leg is raised behind the back, the hands are clasped behind the head, bent at the elbow, and the left leg is hooked. As the name suggests, it resembles a pigeon with its chest puffed out.


There are just a few of the positive effects that yoga has on the body. If you are interested in yoga, you should definitely try it. It will surely improve your quality of life.

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