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Yoga means "union" in Sanskrit and dates back over four thousand years. Yoga views the body as a creation of the mind and spirit and uses positions, poses, breathing techniques and exercises to establish balance among the four. It is thought that yoga can help to relieve stress, increase flexibility and energy. According to a recent Harvard Medical School survey, 90% of Americans who have practiced yoga have found it helpful for a number of health conditions, including back or neck pain, anxiety, arthritis, depression and fatigue.

Side Effects and Risks

Yoga is considered to be safe for healthy people to practice. Studies have found it to be well tolerated, with few side effects. People with certain medical conditions should not use some yoga practices. Use caution if you have disc disease of the spine, high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, retinal detachment, fragile or atherosclerotic arteries, ear problems, a risk of blood clots, severe osteoporosis, or cervical spondylitis.

Although yoga during pregnancy is safe if practiced under expert guidance, pregnant women should avoid certain poses that may be problematic.

Yoga Websites

The American Yoga Foundation

American Yoga is the spiritual dimension of the alignment and breathing work developed by Monica Lind Hathaway.

YogaClass

Yoga Tools

Desktop Yoga

Yoga Articles

What Is Yoga and is it Right for You?

Yoga for Athletes and Active Individuals

Yoga for Busy People

Digestion, Breathing and Yoga

Yoga: The Big Picture

Research on Yoga

Anxiety and Yoga
Arthritis and Yoga
Back Pain and Yoga
Depression and Yoga
Fibromyalgia and Yoga
Hypertension and Yoga
Pregnancy and Yoga
Stress and Yoga
Weight Loss and Yoga



last update: April 2009



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