Studies Show Yoga’s Many Health Benefits

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Peter Winslow, owner of GoldMind, LLC, is the author of four books on healing and self-empowerment. A transformational life coach, Peter Winslow lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, a mecca for yoga and other mind-body practices.

Yoga combines physical positioning, breathing strategies, and relaxation techniques. It has been shown to relieve certain conditions, including stress. A survey of over 1,000 yoga participants revealed improvements in stress-related physical and psychological symptoms, as well as better mental and emotional health, with increases in resilience and overall mental well-being.

In a 2018 survey, almost 2,000 young adults attributed their improved eating and fitness habits to a regular yoga practice. Practicing yoga has also been shown to contribute to more restful sleep for patients with cancer, women who are pregnant or having symptoms of menopause, and people with arthritis. And research involving 688 healthy individuals found that yoga helped improve balance (important for fall prevention). In addition, the American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low-back pain.

Overall, studies indicate that carefully applying yoga poses with the guidance of an experienced instructor can improve quality of life.

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