Yoga Fast Facts

Nearly 16 million Americans are currently practicing some form of yoga. Yoga continues to rise in popularity because it’s a low-impact activity that improves overall physical fitness, strength and flexibility. Yoga can be adapted to a wide variety of fitness levels and offers a low risk of serious injury or side effects when practiced carefully under the guidance of an experienced, certified instructor.

Yoga can help reduce chronic pain, low back pain, stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health. Yoga can also help lower heart rate and blood pressure.  Recent research and input from health experts suggests that yoga can help reduce the use of medications for some common medical conditions.  A number of studies have proven that yoga can help lessen low back pain, hypertension and mental disorders including depression. These studies have also shown that yoga can help people reduce their reliance on medications.

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Jane Langille

Jane Langille is a health and medical writer based near Toronto, Ontario. Jane writes about health news and medical innovations for media publications and health care providers

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