Science and your health · yoga

Science says yoga is great for you

We always knew this but now the National Institute of Health (NIH) of the United States says that the growing body of scientific evidence shows that the practice of yoga could overcome stress, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve muscle relaxation and body composition, help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia, improve overall physical  fitness, strength, and flexibility and positively affect levels of certain brain or blood chemicals.

Studies supported by NIH have been investigating yoga’s effects on blood pressure, chronic low-back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, diabetes risk, HIV, immune function, inflammatory arthritis and knee osteoarthritis, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, smoking cessation.  Currently 43 studies on yoga are open under the NIH’s Clinical Trials programme,
See: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/yoga/introduction.htm

Nirmal Shah

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