Yoga For Modern City Life Ancient Practice Fits Modern Life

Yoga For Modern City Life Ancient Practice Fits Modern Life

Yoga for Modern City Life: Ancient Practice Fits Modern Life

When Trace Bonner launched Holy Cow in​ ​ West Ashley's South Windermere Shopping Center last summer,​ she didn't know what to​ ​ expect. Now she's teaching 16 classes a ​ week and adding another instructor. And while she credits the​ center's success in​ ​ part to​ ​ its cute cow logo and convenient location,​ there's no question that there's a ​ revived interest in​ ​ yoga across America.

The ancient Indian practice of ​ yoga first arrived in​ ​ the​ US at the​ beginning of ​ the​ 20th century,​ but didn't really catch on​ until 1969 with chants at Woodstock. Now,​ after being overshadowed by the​ aerobics craze in​ ​ the​ '80s and early '90s,​ yoga is​ ​ once again attracting followers,​ with many looking for relief from ailments and injuries or from the​ stress of ​ daily life.

Baby boomers,​ worn out from years of ​ jogging and bouncy workouts,​ are back on​ board. But interest is​ ​ growing with other age groups,​ too,​ from college students to​ ​ senior citizens to​ ​ celebrities.

The surge in​ ​ interest is​ ​ being fueled partly by doctors' growing acceptance of ​ yoga's healing potential. Mainstream medicine has adopted yoga as a ​ gentle therapeutic method for treating a ​ number of ​ illnesses,​ so more and more doctors are referring their patients to​ ​ yoga. Initial trials have shown yoga can help people with arthritis,​ carpal tunnel syndrome,​ asthma and cardiac risk factors.

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