Yoga has been part of Eastern religions for over three thousand years. While it still remains an important part of Hinduism and Buddhism, yoga has become a popular form of exercise. It first came to the United Sates in the 1830s, riding a tide of interest in alternative spirituality and Eastern philosophies. In the 1930s, the postures and stretches developed in India thousands of years ago would be adopted by vegetarians and others in the United States as a way to promote health.
Today, yoga has become a cultural phenomenon with books such as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga and Yoga for Dummies initiate people who would otherwise be clueless about this ancient art form into its mysteries. Yoga involves a series of stretches and posters that help a practitioner achieve his or her goals.