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Benefits of Yoga

by Sally Boon
(Los Angeles, California, USA)

The benefits of Yoga are quite considerable are outlined below:

Ease back pain

In an experiment that took place at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, 21 people aged over 60 have started a yoga program, 2 times a week. All these volunteers had a curvature of the upper part of the back, which affect their movements. Yoga sessions were sufficient to improve flexibility by 18%. And many said that yoga has improved balance. The study showed that yoga improves strength and flexibility of the body.

Eases pain on the wrists

Many people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful disease that affects nerves in the hands. Conventional treatments include surgery or immobilization. But according to a study published a few years ago, yoga is among the safest treatments for this condition.

It helps you breathe easier

Traditional yoga, the breathing and relaxation, can be very effective in the treatment of asthma, according to a study published in British newspaper Thorax. In this experiment a group of asthmatics did Sahaja Yoga sessions. The results demonstrated that this type of yoga can help alleviate hypersensitivity and even reduce anxiety. Experts said that yoga can not replace conventional treatment, but asthmatics can enjoy the benefits of this practice.

Reduces stress affecting the heart

A study in Timarpur, India, a group of 15 soldiers adopted a program that included two sessions of yoga per day and another group who practiced other exercises such as jogging and stretching exercises. After a period of three months, the group that practiced yoga, unlike the other group saw a significant drop in blood pressure.

What is hypertension?

Blood pressure refers to the force with which blood circulates through the arteries when the heart beats (systolic pressure) and when the heart is resting (diastolic pressure). It is measured in millimeters of mercury, as denoted by the abbreviation mm Hg.

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