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https://www.vox.com/2015/7/22/9012075/yoga-health-benefits-exercise-science

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Is yoga good for you? Here's what the science actually says.
I'm a yogi. I'm also a skeptic. Sometimes I wonder if the two can go together. I cringe whenever an instructor claims I'm "wringing the toxins" out of my organs with a twisting pose, for instance. Still, after eight years, I keep going back.

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More than 20 million Americans...

More than 20 million Americans...

...practice yoga, making it one of the most popular forms of exercise.

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Yoga and other forms of exercise

Although the research on yoga is still weak, based on the available findings, Yoga is probably just as good for your health as many other forms of exercise. 

It seems particu...

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Unclear benefits of Yoga

There is no certainty whether some forms of yoga are better than others, whether yoga should be prescribed to people for various health conditions, and how yoga compares with other forms of exer...

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The challenge in defining Yoga

Yoga is many things to many people. It usually involves some combination of postures and poses (asanas), regulated breathing (pranayama), and meditation and relaxation (samyama). But many classes m...

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Side effects of practicing Yoga

There can be negative consequences if done incorrectly, like any body manipulation, but if you have the right teacher this will not happen. 

Beginners should avoid advanced postur...

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Yoga as a form of exercise

Depending on the type, Yoga could build your muscles. 

It strongly depends on what you do when you do yoga. Classes that involve nothing more than lying around on piles of blanket...

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Yoga and anxiety

Yoga might help with mood disorders, but we don't yet know for sure because the studies to date have generally been badly designed and the results are inconclusive. 

And when it c...

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No direct evidence on yoga's long-term benefits

No direct evidence on yoga's long-term benefits

Researchers haven't tracked yogis over a span of 20 years or more and have not followed up to see whether they get diseases at a lower rate than non-yogis. 

There are some randomi...

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Mindfulness

... is a collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment.

Meditation sharpens your attention

Meditation helps to counter our tendency to stop paying attention to new information in our environment. Other studies have found that mindfulness meditation can reduce mind-wandering and improve attention.

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  • Mindfulness practices help us to be less reactive to stressors and to recover better from stress when we experience it. 

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