A typical regimen combines physical postures with breathing and relaxation techniques
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The mind-body practice of yoga may have origins in ancient Indian philosophy but it’s enjoying big popularity nowadays as a means for boosting health. In fact, an estimated 6 percent of U.S. adults used yoga for health purposes in the previous 12 months, according to a recent National Health Interview Survey. Among the possible medical benefits of yoga:
Reduces stress. Yoga’s movements and breathing are meant to draw your focus away from your to-do list and toward mental balance. What’s more, that new state of calm may lower your heart rate and your blood pressure.
Builds fitness. As you master more poses, called asanas, your balance, flexibility and strength can improve. This can help with weight control and can lower your risk for injury.
Eases aches and pains. Lower back pain, nausea, headaches and even carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with yoga.
Helps manage chronic conditions. Yoga has been shown to help patients battling cancer, depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia by improving sleep issues, fatigue and general mood.
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