15 photos that show how yoga has spread all over the world

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From India, to China, to Canada, yoga enthusiasts around the world are celebrating International Yoga Day on June 21. Practicing yoga has been shown to have significant health benefits, such as helping to maintain a balanced metabolism, relieve stress, and improve cardio and circulatory health.

Yoga's origins date back to more than 10,000 years ago, but in recent years it has become such a popular fad that it has slowly spread all over the world. In both 2014 and 2015, yoga was named one of the top 10 growing fitness trends in a survey conducted for the American College of Sports Medicine.

International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21. Below, see how people around the world are celebrating. 

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Yoga originated in Rishikesh, India more than 10,000 years ago.

Yoga originated in Rishikesh, India more than 10,000 years ago.

 

 India.

In 1920, the practice of yoga was introduced to the western world by influential guru Paramahansa Yogananda, who founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, California.

In 1920, the practice of yoga was introduced to the western world by influential guru Paramahansa Yogananda, who founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, California.

 

Morrison, Colorado.

Source: Huffington Post

Practicers claim that it helps people heal mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Practicers claim that it helps people heal mentally, physically, and emotionally.

 

Halifax, Canada.

Source: Huffington Post

There have been four main periods in yoga's rich history: pre-classical, classical, post-classical, and modern.

There have been four main periods in yoga's rich history: pre-classical, classical, post-classical, and modern.

 

Costa Rica. 

Source: Yoga Basics

A 2016 study found that over 34 million people practice yoga in the United States alone.

A 2016 study found that over 34 million people practice yoga in the United States alone.

 

 Los Angeles, California.

Source: PR Newswire

In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga, just a few months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the suggestion.

In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga, just a few months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the suggestion.

 

 Surabaya, Indonesia.

Modi apparently chose June 21 because "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world."

Modi apparently chose June 21 because "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world."

 

 Old Manali, India.

Source: International Day of Yoga

There are six fundamental types of postures: standing poses, forward bends, back bends, twists, balances, and inversions.

There are six fundamental types of postures: standing poses, forward bends, back bends, twists, balances, and inversions.

 

Los Angeles, California.

All together, there are thousands of poses.

All together, there are thousands of poses.

 

New York, New York.

There are more than 100 different forms of yoga.

There are more than 100 different forms of yoga.

 

 New York, New York. Source: WebMD

Yoga helps expand the lungs and is very beneficial for your heart, which helps increase lifespan.

Yoga helps expand the lungs and is very beneficial for your heart, which helps increase lifespan.

 

Parker Ridge Trail, Canada.

Source: American Heart Association

The relaxing sensation is said to help people with high blood pressure.

The relaxing sensation is said to help people with high blood pressure.

 

Rome, Italy. 

A 2014 study found that practicing yoga can help with inflammation that is associated with chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

A 2014 study found that practicing yoga can help with inflammation that is associated with chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

 

Koh Phangan, Thailand.

Source: National Geographic 

Yoga has also been proven to help with memory loss in people 55 and older.

Yoga has also been proven to help with memory loss in people 55 and older.

 

Arugambay, Sri Lanka.

Source: The New York Times

In many cultures, especially Indian culture, it is believed that yoga goes far beyond posing on the mat and is instead a way of life.

In many cultures, especially Indian culture, it is believed that yoga goes far beyond posing on the mat and is instead a way of life.

 

Turkey.

Source: Huffington Post

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