Despite being recently called a fad by the BBC, yoga is an ancient practice that can be traced back more than 5,000 years. It came to the U.S. in the late 1800s, but didn’t really begin to gain popularity until the 1960s. The more we learn about yoga, the more we recognize what the yogis in the Indus valley already knew — it improves the health and function of the body and mind.
Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together in harmony, and its benefits are older than the science to support it. From fighting anxiety and depression to preventing heart disease and managing pain, the benefits of a well-rounded yoga practice continue to be discovered. I found this wonderful infographic on the Promising Scientific Studies on Yoga & Health from Alison Hinks’ blog that sum up some of yoga’s many health benefits.
For more information on these specific studies, visit Idea Fit’s research section. (Photo: Alison Hinks)
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