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Yoga is a practice of exercises combining stretching, controlled breathing and relaxation by poses. In a dynamic stressful life practicing yoga may be just what your body and mind needs. Considered as alternative medicine, yoga fuses the physical and mental status in a peaceful state of body and mind.

Yogis and hippies have been claiming on the health benefits that yoga provides for a long time now. However, science doesn’t back all of them. This is the list of conditions that is scientifically proven to be treated with yoga.

Back Pain: It is one the most common conditions that adults face during their daily life. It can be distracting and unbearable. Research has shown that yoga helps relax the muscles while stretching, thus alleviating back pain. Yoga is considered a safe and natural remedy for easing the pain symptoms compared to pain killers.

Arthritis: Doctors state that people who suffer from arthritis tolerate yoga more than regular exercises. People also enjoy yoga more and this contributes to their general well-being. Yoga reduces the stress caused by arthritis.

Heart Disease: A study conducted by the Erasmus University Medical Center found that yoga is also an aerobic exercise, thus benefiting for the cardiovascular health. Also since yoga helps relaxing and works like an anti-stress therapy it can lower blood pressure, which also contributes to the cardiovascular health.

Anxiety and Depression: During stressful situations our body accumulates negative energy and our muscles get tense. When practicing yoga our body relaxes and during breathing exercises our mind heals. This way we can lower our anxiety level by concentrating in muscle stretching and meditating. While high-energy exercises are considered a golden standard in depression, yoga can help by focusing in a peaceful mindset. 

Improving chemotherapy side effects: This has been proved by a study which included breast cancer patients. The patients went to a 45 minute yoga class after chemotherapy twice a week. After yoga the patients felt less fatigue, were energetic and slept much better compared to the patients who did not go to yoga classes.

Sleep disorders: We all know that stress and anxiety leave us thinking all night, thus depriving us from sleep. The breathing exercises in yoga, breathing in more slowly and deeply, can improve sleep. It is also widely used as alternative medicine in insomniacs.  

References:

  1. http://www.medicaldaily.com/take-deep-breath-good-health-6-conditions-yoga-can-treat-327352
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/yoga/art-20044733?pg=1

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