Yoga is much more than a way of exercising, not that that is a bad thing. Yoga is a body and mind science practiced for thousands of years throughout the world. It is consists of ancient theories, observations, and teaching handed down through the centuries.
Health Benefits of Yoga
Current research suggests that yoga may:
- Reduce low-back pain and improve function.
- Other studies also suggest that practicing yoga might improve quality of life; reduce stress; lower heart rate and blood pressure
- Help relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia
- Improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility
- Some research suggests yoga may not improve asthma, and studies looking at yoga and arthritis have had mixed results
Some Recent Studies on Yoga and Back Pain
- A recent National Center for Complimentary Medicine(NCCAN) funded study of 90 people with chronic low-back pain found that participants who practiced Iyengar yoga had significantly less disability, pain, and depression after 6 months.
- In a 2011 study, also funded by NCCAM, researchers compared yoga with conventional stretching exercises or a self-care book in 228 adults with chronic low-back pain. The results showed that both yoga and stretching were more effective than a self-care book for improving function and reducing symptoms due to chronic low-back pain.
- Conclusions from another 2011 study of 313 adults with chronic or recurring low-back pain suggested that practicing yoga for 12 weeks resulted in better function than usual medical care.
There are also indications and the testimonials that Yoga helps with memory and immune function.
There is no doubt that Yoga helps many by improving one’s overall sense of well being.
So for whatever reason you may decide to try Yoga, it is good for you, and really great fun.