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.
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.
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.
Understanding Prevention of Back Pain
Get tips from the experts at WebMD on preventing back pain.
Which Style of Yoga Is Best for You?
See basic differences between the various common styles of yoga, including Bikram, power yoga, and more. Check out these tips for choosing a style right for you.
Can't Do Yoga? Think Again
Yoga can benefit people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.
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.
Cross-Train With Yoga for Power, Flexibility
Alternate your cardio workouts with yoga. It can help you become stronger, more flexible, and more balanced.
Are Yoga Poses Supposed to Hurt?
Should you be worried if your downward dog hurts? Is it normal for yoga poses to hurt?
Options for Reducing Stress
Research shows that there are many options available to reduce stress. Find the best stress-reduction option for your lifestyle.
Yoga Poses for Rheumatoid Arthritis
See poses of yoga that benefit RA.
Video: The Many Health Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is great for your flexibility, but it can also calm your brain and your pain.
10-Minute Sport Yoga
You won't need to sacrifice your busy day for this yoga routine.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: 12 Basic Yoga Poses
From beginners to yogi pros, anyone can make these basic poses part of a daily yoga practice.
Slideshow: Get a Green Workout
Make your fitness routine more green and eco-friendly with workout tips from this WebMD slideshow.
Slideshow: 9 Tips for Flat Abs
Want flat abs? See how to get them, including step-by-step instructions for performing the best abdominal exercises.
Slideshow: Natural Ways to Fuel Your Workout