The 7-day long International Yoga Week has begun in the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh. Every year the festival witnesses thousands of yoga enthusiasts. In 2019 there were more than 2000 participants from over 80 countries. This festival is all about celebrating wellness. Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” which means union, yoga, builds strength, awareness and harmony. Although it is an ancient Indian practice, this mind-body-technique is now popular all over the world. Well, there are more than one reason for the widespread popularity of yoga. Reams of research reveal that starting from stress alleviation to weight loss, this age-old form of exercise comes with a plethora of health benefits. If you are an ardent yoga practitioner, then you might already be aware of the perks of practicing yoga. But if you are not, then here are some of the most popular yoga poses which will help you boost your health in many ways, especially by strengthening your thighs and back.