Doing vigorous Power, Vinyasa or Ashtanga yoga three to five times a week results in weight loss. Yoga also focuses on the mind-body connection, making it easier to identify bad habits, such as eating because of stress or boredom.
Yoga began as a Hindu religious practice. It developed from a Hindu meditative process into a full-blown Buddhist lifestyle. Yoga is known in popular culture as an exercise program; however, this is only part of the yoga lifestyle known as asanas. Yoga also involves relaxation, breathing, dietary and meditative techniques. Regular yoga practice can help treat and cure ailments ranging from chronic back pain to allergies and breathing disorders. Yoga can also treat heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.