10 Yoga Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

It is a well-known fact that practicing yoga regularly has many health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, increased strength and flexibility, and reduced stress. And with so much to offer, it is no wonder that it is practiced by people all over the world. In fact, it is so widely loved that 6 years ago the United Nations designated June 21st as International Day of Yoga. 

This year, we want to help you learn more about the practice of yoga so you can celebrate with us! So without further ado, here are 10 yoga facts you probably don’t already know. 

  1. At over 5,000 years old, yoga is considered one of the oldest physical disciplines in the world. 
  2. While yoga has been practiced all around the world for many centuries, it wasn’t introduced to America until the 18th century. 
  3. In Western cultures, yoga is most commonly practiced by women. However, up until 1937, it was a male-only practice. 
  4. The largest yoga center in Asia is Bali, which has earned the city the nickname of Markandeya Yoga City. 
  5. The largest yoga class to date was held in India. It involved 100,984 participants. 
  6. In the USA, approximately 36 million people regularly practice yoga. 
  7. Worldwide, there are over 300 million yoga practitioners. 
  8. Prior to the invention of yoga mats, it was common to practice yoga on green grass or even animal hides.  
  9. Research has shown that practicing yoga can delay aging. 
  10. In Oregon, many people practice yoga with goats! Goats are considered great therapy animals, so adding them to a yoga class is a win-win. 

Celebrate International Yoga Day With Us 

There is no doubt that practicing yoga regularly can help keep your mind and body healthy, which is why we consider it part of living the #NewEarthLilfe. This year, to celebrate International Day of Yoga (and National Hydration Day which is June 23rd), we are hosting a virtual Yoga and Hydration Flow on June 22nd! And we hope you will join us. You can check out all the details and register for the event here.