Benefits, side effects and risks of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga
  • Improve mood and sense of well-being
  • Counteract stress
  • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increase lung capacity
  • Improve muscle relaxation and body composition
  • Help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility
  • Positively affect levels of certain brain or blood chemicals.
Side Effects and Risks of Yoga
  • Yoga is generally considered to be safe in healthy people when practiced appropriately. Studies have found it to be well tolerated, with few side effects.
  • People with certain medical conditions should not use some yoga practices. For example, people with disc disease of the spine, extremely high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, retinal detachment, fragile or atherosclerotic arteries, a risk of blood clots, ear problems, severe osteoporosis, or cervical spondylitis should avoid some inverted poses.
  • Although yoga during pregnancy is safe if practiced under expert guidance, pregnant women should avoid certain poses that may be problematic.

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