Every day, thousands of eager practitioners flock to Georgia yoga studios, where they engage in stretching, deep breathing and mindfulness meditation. But what's the big deal, anyway? Why are Georgia yoga classes so popular?
A scientific investigation published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy offers one potential answer. Simply put, the study found that enthusiasts tended to report better health outcomes following several months of yoga classes.
The authors, who hailed from the Athens Regional Medical Center and the University of Georgia, based their findings on a group of 54 practitioners, all of whom attended Georgia yoga classes as a holistic healing therapy for various physical ailments.
Most individuals reported experiencing greater gains in mindfulness and well-being than they had prior to adopting a yoga-based regimen.
"Attending therapeutic group yoga classes can improve health perceptions and mindfulness," the research team concluded after describing the class exercises in detail.
It's little wonder that millions of Americans go gaga for yoga. After all, the Eastern system has been helping people heal for millennia, which may explain its worldwide renown.
Currently, nearly 16 million people in the U.S. count themselves as yoga enthusiasts, according to the Yoga Journal.