Studies have shown that the ancient practice of yoga has many health benefits including stress management, hormone balance, and management of chronic pain. Yoga encompasses a series of postures, breathing techniques, and meditation and helps lengthen and strengthen muscles throughout the body. Yoga helps individuals achieve a mind-body balance and can go a long way in building a stronger body and easing symptoms of long-term pain.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), back pain is the number one reason people use complementary health practices such as yoga. People with lower back pain who practice yoga experience significantly less disability, pain, and depression after six months than patients in standard care.
Yoga has also been shown to promote mindfulness, peacefulness and help people manage stress, which can contribute to conditions that cause pain.
According to the Mayo Clinic, yoga has many health benefits including:
- Stress reduction
- Improved fitness
- Management of chronic conditions including chronic pain and depression.