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New Research Confirms Multiple Benefits of Yoga on Your Body and Mind

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  • Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years, and is a comprehensive practice that integrates mental, physical, and spiritual elements
  • Health benefits from regular yoga practice includes but is not limited to: improved immune function; reduced risk for migraines; improved sexual performance; better sleep; and reduced food cravings
  • Research has shown yoga can improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and other risk factors, and can even benefit those with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • Yoga has a beneficial impact on leptin, a hormone that regulates energy intake and expenditure, leading the researchers to theorize that yoga may benefit your health by altering leptin and adiponectin production
  • An analysis of more than 100 studies looking at the effect of yoga on mental health found the practice to have a positive effect on depression, sleep problems, schizophrenia, and ADHD

By Dr. Mercola


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