When we hear the word yoga we often have images of a religious person in India spending the days in various
yoga poses aimed at relaxation and finding inner peace. Live Science defines yoga as being both an exercise and a spiritual discipline, in an article on Dec. 26, 2013. Yoga traditionally concentrates on mind-body unity.
Yoga, which originated in India, has been shown by studies to have both physical and mental benefits. Yoga has been used to sooth pain and stress. Yoga may also help to reduce inflammation, which is an immune response that can contribute to heart disease and other chronic conditions. Improvements in depression and sleep have also been observed with yoga. There may however be some risks with yoga. For example, people who are suffering from herniated disks or osteoporosis should avoid deep forward bends. Headstands should be avoided if you have neck problems.
Yoga is a mind-body practice which combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing techniques and relaxation, writes Mayo Clinic. Yoga may reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve your heart function. The stress busting powers of yoga can help enhance your mood and your overall sense of well-being. Yoga can also help you become more fit due to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.If you're into alternative health care practices yoga may be something you may enjoy.