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The researchers from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in the United States have recently come out with a list of five things that people should be aware of yoga. The most basic understanding of yoga is that it is a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Many doctors and experts have always mentioned about the health benefits of yoga. These researchers have studied and understood how yoga helps to improve health. At the same time, they have also learnt more about its safe use. Here are five things that they would like to share.


Firstly, studies on people with chronic low-back pains indicates that a carefully customised set of yoga poses can help to reduce the pain while improving functions. Aside from that, other studies also show that by practicing yoga, one would be able to enjoy other health benefits such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure. One will also be able to relief anxiety and depression.

Secondly, although yoga does help in certain conditions, there are other health conditions may not benefit from yoga. This includes asthma and to a certain extend, arthritis.

Thirdly, for healthy people, it is found that yoga is generally considered to be safe when it is being practiced correctly. However, for people suffering from high blood pressure, glaucoma, or sciatica as well as women who are pregnant, some of the yoga poses should be modified or avoided for precaution. Always keep in mind that prevention is better than cure.

Fourthly, always practice yoga safely and mindfully. Every individual’s body structure is unique and different. Therefore, do not force yourself to perform a certain pose if you are unable to do so. In some cases, it would be wise to modify the poses based on your own ability. The key to this is looking for an experienced instructor who is aware and able to cater to your needs. This will ensure that you are practicing it safely. Also, if you have any medical or health issues, consult your doctor first. Once your doctor has given you the green light, keep your instructor informed as well.

Lastly, if you intend to practice yoga, be sure to inform it to your health care providers. Give them the full picture of your exercise regime and lifestyle that you practice to manage your health. This will aid in ensuring coordinated and safe care. For the full article, do read it here.

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