World Journal of Medical Research Volume No 6

Review Open Access

Exploring the Health Benefits of Yoga: A Review

Theresa A. Schreiber and Brandi S. Niemeier
World Journal of Medical Research 2013, 2:1

Abstract

Introduction

It has been suggested that yoga can lead to enhanced productivity and increased quality of life. The aim of this study is to investigate the health benefits of yoga across several dimensions of wellness. Yoga is explored in a physiological context as an exercise form, and the potential of yoga as a continued source of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Western culture is broadly discussed.

Study Design

A review of current literature was conducted to portray the health benefits of yoga.

Material and Methods

Related studies published between 2000 and 2012 were accessed via EBSCOhost. Multiple study forms were coalesced.

Results

Published studies of yoga are scarce. Thirteen publications met the selection criteria and were included in this review. The focus of the literature is on yoga as exercise and its impact on health and wellbeing. Yoga is a unique form of physical fitness; it is a multidimensional approach used to achieve elevated levels of health or wellness. When used as a form of CAM, yoga has shown healing properties in ameliorating various symptoms of chronic conditions.

Conclusions

Yoga is a useful supplement to traditional medicine when integrated as part of a holistic health routine; however, current literature is limited. Additional research on the health benefits of yoga is warranted, and replications using various populations are needed to substantiate health claims in current literature.




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