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Do you do yoga? Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India. It is now a common method of relaxation in the Western world. People take yoga courses to create a balance of mind, body, and spirit. The word yoga means union. After learning the poses, you can do yoga at home on your own time.

In one Indian state, prisoners are being rewarded for taking yoga courses. A recent BBC report described this system. By completing three months of yoga, an inmate can reduce his or her jail time by two weeks. The main reason for this program is to reduce aggression. Prisoners often admit that anger leads to crime.

Yoga seems to be useful in many ways. It reduces stress. It helps you become more flexible. Yoga even teaches you how to breathe. “I don’t know how to breathe properly,” is an excuse many people use for not being able to jog, skate, or participate in team sports.

Yoga-therapy is used in so many different ways in the modern world. Here is a question for you:Can Yoga help you learn English?

If you think practising Yoga can be paired with practising English please share your ideas in the comment section.

Note: We use the verb “do” instead of “play” with sports or activities such as yoga, ballet, gymnastics, karate, and taekwondo. These do not require equipment such as a ball, stick, or racket. “Go” is paired with “ing” verbs like “skiing” and “swimming”.

pose: a still body position
union: togetherness
aggression: anger
flexible: able to bend and stretch the body easily

Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub | January 2010
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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