Yoga has since the 1980s become a universal language of physical, mental and spiritual exercise whose success is measured by the tens of millions of followers and practitioners the world over. Dating back thousands of years to ancient India, this ascetic discipline is widely renowned for its health and relaxation benefits and the improvement of quality of life, in part derived from specific exercises in breathing, meditation and bodily postures or poses that are its trademark. In a world filled with constant stress and distractions, yoga helps bring clarity and alertness to the mind, restoring it to peaceful equilibrium so that people may continue with their daily lives with strength and vigour.