This article contains scientific references from the database of the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with notations from peer-reviewed scientific papers. This article takes a look at 13 evidence-based benefits of yoga including stress reduction, anxiety relief, improved heart health, improved breathing, promotes healthy eating habit, reduces chronic pain.
Source: International Journal of Yoga
International Journal of Yoga. This article provides information provides information regarding the therapeutic effects of yoga as it has been studied in various populations concerning a multitude of different ailments and conditions.
“Results from this study show that yogic practices enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, promote recovery from and treatment of addiction, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.”
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego
Source: Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy
“The amount and quality of research on the impact of yoga for improving health and treating medical conditions has increased dramatically in the past decade. It has also become quite specialized, with most reviews of yoga research focusing only a single disease or population. Our objective was to review the state of research more broadly, providing examples of and references for notable yoga research across many different research modalities, diseases and populations.”
Source: American Heart Association
Source: Duke University
Duke researcher and former swami Jim Carson teaches meditation to help people cope with pain and stress.
“People in our department as well as in neurology and anesthesiology have accepted relaxation and meditation techniques as important in the treatment of chronic pain,” said Dr. Richard Surwit, professor and vice chairman of the psychiatry and behavioural sciences department. “Meditation and relaxation are used fairly widely at Duke and at other major medical centers.”
Source: Cleveland Clinic
“If you are plagued by chronic pain, introducing some basic yoga practices, including meditation, breath work and gentle and/or restorative poses, can help increase range of motion for better functionality. These practices can also help reduce stress levels, relax the body, mind and nervous system and, as a result, may help to lessen inflammation,alleviate the intensity of chronic pain and create a higher quality of life.”
Source: Harvard Medical School
Notes from a conference at Longwood Research Center at Harvard Medical School
“Stress-related health problems are responsible for up to 80% of visits to the doctor and account for the third highest health care expenditures, behind only heart disease and cancer. But as few as 3% of doctors actually talk to patients about how to reduce stress. Mind-body practices like yoga and meditation have been shown to reduce your body’s stress response by strengthening your relaxation response and lowering stress hormones like cortisol. Yoga has been shown to have many health benefits, including improving heart health and helping relieve depression and anxiety.”
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