Yoga has been practiced in India in various forms for thousands of years. Its purpose is to strengthen the body and make it more flexible, as well as to calm the mind and awaken the spirit. It does this through gentle physical poses, deep, steady breathing, and meditation practice. Yoga is thought to be beneficial for mental stress, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, hypertension, and other disorders. People of all ages can do yoga, and yoga poses can be adapted for people with disabilities or special needs. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about yoga, its health benefits, and much more.
Yoga: Benefits, Intensity Level, and More
Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. WebMD explains different types of this ancient practice.
The Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga
Health benefits associated with yoga include improved flexibility, more strength, better concentration, improved posture, better breathing, and lowered stress. Find out how yoga can help you.
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Retreats Revive Mind, Body, and Spirit
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Preparing for Parenthood With Yoga
Yoga is something that can be practiced during any phase of life, even pregnancy. Furthermore, proponents of the ancient practice say yoga during pregnancy can actually help the woman prepare for childbirth and parenthood by getting her (and dad!) into mental, physical, and spiritual shape -- gently.
Spirituality May Help People Live Longer
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Yoga Boosts Mental and Physical Health
You may have creative excuses not to try yoga, but science proves it relieves depression and anxiety.
Yoga Poses for Rheumatoid Arthritis
See poses of yoga that benefit RA.
Options for Reducing Stress
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Video: The Many Health Benefits of Yoga
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10-Minute Sport Yoga
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Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: 12 Basic Yoga Poses
From beginners to yogi pros, anyone can make these basic poses part of a daily yoga practice.
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