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Stress Management: Practicing Yoga to Relax

Yoga means different things to different people. This topic focuses on a kind of yoga called Hatha yoga. One of the benefits of Hatha yoga is that it can relieve stress and help you relax.

  • Yoga includes breathing, meditation, and exercises, called postures or poses, that stretch the body. You can do yoga to help you relax.
  • The goals of yoga include improved physical and mental health and also "oneness" with a higher being, the self, or some form of higher awareness. But yoga does not need to be a spiritual practice for you to get the benefits.

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Other Works Consulted

  • Miryala R, et al. (2011). Yoga. In M Micozzi, ed., Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 4th ed., pp. 482–494. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerSteven Locke, MD - Psychiatry

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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