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The Science and History of Yoga: Unraveling the Mysteries Behind Its Ancient Practice

Today, approx. one in seven Americans do yoga, as various studies have shown that the practice of yoga provides mental and physical well-being and is accompanied by health benefits.

a temple picture about yoga

Studies have shown that Hatha yoga helps relieve stress, supports healthy habits, improves emotional health, reduces pain, is good for arthritis and has even helped people quit smoking. After all, it has been shown that the practice of Hatha yoga has both mental and health benefits.

The National Institutes of Health's National Center (NIHNC) has compiled a large number of studies that demonstrate great benefits with the practice of yoga. The results of most studies indicate that yoga helps with:

Anxiety and depression:

woman with anxiety and stress

Yoga can help relieve anxiety and depression symptoms. The NIHNNC reviewed 68 published studies on yoga and found evidence supporting its effectiveness in managing anxiety disorders, depression, or PTSD

Arthritis and fibromyalgia:

a doctor looking at joints

According to the NCCIH, there is weak evidence to support yoga's benefits for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. But in itself, yoga is extremely good for the fascia (connective tissue system) in the human body and can relieve the pain of rheumatism.

Back pain:

woman holding on to here sholders becous of pain

The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a non-drug treatment for back pain. In 2018, there was a review of eight studies by the Institute for Health Services, and the results were that yoga improves back pain, both mild and severe.

It is therefore clear that the practice of yoga has similar effects to other types of physical activity.

Balance and emotional health:

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Yoga helps improve balance in healthy people, according to 11 of 15 studies reviewed by the NIH.

Yoga has a very positive effect on the mind

health and this was the result of 10 of the 14 studies examined by NCCIH.


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According to the NCCIH, one study of over 1,300 participants found that yoga can ease the physical and psychological symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes.

multiple sclerosis:

man walking and holding on to a walking stik wit help

Yoga has been shown to relieve fatigue, and thus mood, in people with MS, but it did not have as much of an effect on muscle function or quality of life in those who were advanced with the disease, the NCCIH says.

Neck pains:

neck pain and fisio therapist massage the pasion

In 2019, a Meta-analysis conducted a study that was published in the journal Medicine. A study that included 10 studies and a total of 686 subjects found that yoga can reduce stress on the neck and inhibit pain while also improving mobility in the neck muscles.


woman sleeping and eith a blindfold

Several studies reviewed by NCCIH have found that yoga can improve sleep quality and duration. People who have experienced sleep improvements from yoga include cancer patients, older adults, people with arthritis, pregnant women, and women in transition.


woman holding to here face in stress

According to the NCCIH, yoga was shown to improve physical and psychological functions related to stress in 12 of 17 studies reviewed.

(summary from the internet)

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