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A growing body of evidence supports the belief that yoga benefits physical and mental health

From The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Exercise is considered an acceptable method for improving and maintaining physical and emotional health. A growing body of evidence supports the belief that yoga benefits physical and mental health via down-regulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The studies comparing the effects of yoga and exercise seem to indicate that, in both healthy and diseased populations, yoga may be as effective as or better than exercise at improving a variety of health-related outcome measures.

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2009.0044

Elizabeth Nesbitt