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How does Yoga improve relaxation?

There are many forms of yoga, an ancient Indian form of exercise based upon the premise that the body and breathing are connected with the mind. There are many different forms of yoga, and the practice of yoga is thought to be over 5000 year old. One goal of yoga is to restore balance and harmony to the body and emotions through numerous postural and breathing exercises. Yoga, which means "joining" or "union" in Sanskrit, has been called the "search for the soul" and the "union between the individual and the divine". Among the benefits of yoga are increased flexibility and capability for relaxation. No special level of conditioning is required; yoga can be learned by nearly anyone. Classes, books, and videos are widely available. Those with special or chronic physical conditions will want to get clearance from their doctor before beginning.



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