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In Honor of Yoga Month: Medicinal Powers of Yoga

All you yoga lovers out there and even the yoga curious, in case you hadn't heard, September is National Yoga Month. Sweet.

The purpose of this month dedicated to yoga is to educate people about the health benefits of yoga, and inspire people to live a healthy lifestyle. If you are interested in taking a holistic approach to healing rather than taking lots of meds, here's a list of some of the ways yoga can improve your health.

  • Yoga improves levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. In a study conducted in India, those practicing yoga had a 23 percent drop in cholesterol. It may have to do with how yoga can both decrease stress and help with weight loss, two factors that can affect cholesterol.
  • Improves the quality of life for cancer patients going through radiation. Researchers are also looking into how yoga may improve the immune systems of those with cancer.
  • Since yoga is all about controlling and slowing down your breath, it can improve the function of the respiratory system, and help alleviate asthma symptoms.
  • It's been shown to improve digestion. All that twisting and bending every which way helps to tone and strengthen your core muscles and keeps the organs underneath healthy by massaging them.

To learn about the other benefits of yoga


  • Toning your core through yoga alleviates back, neck, and shoulder pain.
  • By stretching your muscles, you can help to prevent injury when doing other sports or activities like running or skiing.
  • It has emotional benefits as well, helping to alleviate depression, stress, anger, and anxiety. It can improve your memory, attention span, and improve your outlook on life. It's also been shown to boost self-confidence.

Do you feel the power of yoga? Share how you plan to celebrate National Yoga Month in the comments section below.

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prada08 prada08 8 years
:) I just returned to Yoga Class at Crunch in Atlanta. It was so amazing and it was a class dedicated to Eco-Friendly "GREEN" Environment. We used these amazing green eco-logical mats with recycled content. They were both sturdy and supportive during poses. Great day. ;)
ahaynes ahaynes 8 years
@ michlny I'm going to the yoga in the park too, I can't wait! Yoga really helps me feel like I've reserved some time for me in the midst of my work, school and home life.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I just registered for yoga to mornings a week for the semester! Now I'm even more excited about it =)
chippyshero2066 chippyshero2066 8 years
I need to pick it back up again, but since I can't go to the classes because my friend & instructor is leaving to go back to school, I will have to use the Ateeka dvd.
Lysa1237 Lysa1237 8 years
I recently picked up yoga again and I have to admit I do feel a bit better, but it doesn't help that I'm lazy hehehe :P
michlny michlny 8 years
I am going to a Yoga Fest in NYC and Yoga in the Park in Central Park to honor Yoga Month!!
jen1975 jen1975 8 years
Yeah, that top is unflattering!
jspeed jspeed 8 years
awesome! I've been practicing yoga regularly for about a year now, and know that it has helped with minor back/shoulder pain (desk job related) as well as reducing overall stress/anxiety. It has also made me more aware of my body and conscientious about the foods I eat. I am also so gald I got my mother into it - she has chronic, serious back pain but it's really helping her too.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
that chick looks super aneroxic....
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