HEADLINES Published December14, 2014 By Staff Writer

Yoga and Relaxation: What Are The Health Benefits Of Yoga?

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(Photo : commons.wikimedia.org) It is a popular form of exercise and relaxation that promotes strength, flexibility and balance.

Various styles of yoga entail a combination of physical positions, breathing techniques and meditation. However, though it may be used as a type of exercise and meditation activity today, it is also very beneficial to the body as it promotes relaxation to fight anxiety and depression, arthritis, and even asthma.

For its history, it started in ancient India and its name was derived from the Sanskrit name yuj which means "to yoke or join together". In the United States, an estimated 16 million people do yoga and it is now one of the most practiced form of relaxation in the country.  As a matter of fact, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 7,369 yoga-related injuries treated in doctors' offices, clinics, and emergency rooms in 2010.

It has been present for about 5,000 years already and through the evolution of civilizations, it has evolved too. It utilizes postures that are now an integral part of health and fitness. By the 19th century, it has reached the West civilizations and from then on, it had gained popularity for centuries.

However, today, there are new forms of yoga as it was evolved into a form of exercise which focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing in order to promote physical and mental well-being. Subsequently, there are many health benefits of yoga and relaxation.

Scientific trials and many studies attested on the potency of yoga in many health conditions. Studies say that it is safe and very effective to increase physical activity like strength, balance or equilibrium and flexibility. Actually, there are many research-based benefits of yoga to the body including prevention of heart disease, high blood pressure, relief of carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, diabetes and symptoms of menopause.

It is well-known to relieve anxiety and prevent depression. It is the most common used mind and body intervention as studies can attest the effectiveness of yoga for depression and its accompanying symptoms. It promotes the mind's anti-stress effects.
Furthermore, it also reduces pain from arthritis. It is a complementary approach for osteoarthritis. Also, asthma can be relieved through this meditation technique.

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