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Yoga Keeps The Mind And Body Young, Studies Show

Originating in ancient India, yoga is a group of physical, spiritual, and mental practices meant to stimulate deep relaxation and meditation. As one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions, it’s widely practiced to help people “connect” with their inner selves, while also maintaining good health.

Studies however, are showing that yoga has other health benefits too. And so, it comes as no surprise that its practice have spread in the West, rapidly growing in popularity as an alternative well-being regimen.

The numbers tell a similar story as well, with statistics that as many as 36.7 million people in the United States practiced it back in 2015. Following this, it’s projected that by the year 2020, that number would have increased to more or less 55 million people. Not bad for an ancient Eastern practice.

But does it really work?

Well, just ask the numerous clinical studies made on it.

One such example is a series of studies done in 2017. According to the studies, people experienced lower levels of depression and anxiety after joining a yoga program.

Another study in 2016 showed that adults practice yoga reduces their risk of cognitive impairment. A research from earlier that year also showed that you can reduce the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by engaging in eight weeks of intense yoga.

Now, the most recent study had investigators at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom conducting a review of 22 clinical trials that studied yoga benefits and effects. Based on the findings, the researchers were able to find out that people aged 60 and over can improve their quality of life by practicing yoga regularly. This includes reducing depression, improving the quality of sleep, improved physical balance, more flexibility and strength, and even a boost in overall vitality.

“Based on this study, we can conclude that yoga has great potential to improve important physical and psychological outcomes in older adults. Yoga is a gentle activity that can be modified to suit those with age-related conditions and diseases," noted Divya Sivaramakrishnan, the review's lead author.

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