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Namaste! 5 Surprising Benefits of Yoga

Update Date: Mar 08, 2013 09:45 AM EST
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Yoga may help improve the behavior of children with autism.

Researchers from New York University found that performing yoga helped children with autism remain calm and improve their social skills. Children who performed yoga in a 17-minute lesson saw their aggression, anxiety and social withdrawal decline.
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Yoga may help stroke survivors regain their balance.

One study found that stroke survivors who participated in an eight-day yoga class significantly improved their ability to balance themselves. The improvement was not just physical though; stroke survivors also reported feeling more capable in life in general.
(Photo:REUTERS/Nir Elias)Long term relaxation can benefit the body significantly, study reports.

Yoga may help increase your pain tolerance.

A study performed by researchers from York University found that yoga could reduce the physical and psychological pain of women with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by a large amount of pain, numbness and fatigue. Researchers are not precisely sure what causes the condition.
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Yoga may help people with irregular heartbeats.

A recent study found that yoga may help people with irregular heartbeats. Atrial fibrillation is a common type of arrhythmia, which causes problems with heart rate. Though medications are prescribed for the condition, they do not always completely erase the symptoms. A small study conducted on 49 participants with the condition found that performing some yoga greatly improved the symptoms.
(Photo:Flickr/BozDoz)Practicing yoga can help ease breathing in asthma patients, a new study has found.

Yoga may help fight depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and sleep disorders.

A recent meta-analysis of 100 studies conducted on yoga found that yoga can affect the body in similar ways as antidepressants and psychotherapy. Some people even saw a benefit without taking drugs at all. The study is welcome news to the 350 million people who suffer from depression alone.

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