The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describes yoga, tai chi and qi gong as centuries-old, mind-body practices.
Some research studies have suggested that practicing mindful movement activities like yoga may help:
- manage stress, depression and insomnia
- improve heart health including body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate
- improve balance and stability
- relieve chronic pain
- improve quality of life and mood in people with heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses
- motivate you to exercise more and eat healthier
Yoga and other mindful practices can be gentle and may be done by just about anyone, anywhere, with no special equipment needed. Look for classes in your community or instructional videos, books and websites. Consult with your physician to choose the class that is right for you.
“Yoga means addition - addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” Amit Rey