National Institutes of Health • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Spotlight on Modality: Yoga for Health
Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.
Many people who practice yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. In addition, yoga is also used to address specific health conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety. This issue summarizes the scientific research on effectiveness and safety of yoga for health.
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