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Yoga and Pranayama

Health Impacts of Yoga and Pranayama: A State-of-the-Art Review.

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  • Department of Physiology, Vidyasagar College for Women, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Abstract

Thousands of years ago yoga originated in India, and in present day and age, an alarming awareness was observed in health and natural remedies among people by yoga and pranayama which has been proven an effective method for improving health in addition to prevention and management of diseases. With increasing scientific research in yoga, its therapeutic aspects are also being explored. Yoga is reported to reduce stress and anxiety, improves autonomic functions by triggering neurohormonal mechanisms by the suppression of sympathetic activity, and even, now-a-days, several reports suggested yoga is beneficial for physical health of cancer patients. Such global recognition of yoga also testifies to India’s growing cultural influence.

KEYWORDS:

Anxiety, cancer, hypertension, pranayama, stress, yoga

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22891145