Om Improvement: The 8 Health Benefits of Yoga

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Amy Hendel on Sep 29, 2007 at 2:23PM

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Om Improvement: The 8 Health Benefits of Yoga

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Basic Benefits

Here are the three elements of all types of yoga, along with the benefits to your health.

  • Asanas are the physical poses and exercises. They help align the spine, improve blood flow, energize glands, induce relaxation and enhance well-being.
  • Pranayama is the control of breath — usually slow, deep, abdominal — which relieve blockages caused by stress, toxins or improper diet.
  • Dhyana is meditation, the third aspect of classical yoga and can induce relaxation of the autonomic nervous system. This benefits medical disorders such as high blood pressure and stress-related and mood disorders.
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