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Yoga is an ancient practice from traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine. It usually involves breathing and meditation exercises and physical body movements or postures.

Yoga is commonly used to improve general health, fitness, and quality of life. Some people also use yoga for stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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Yoga is an ancient Indian practice and is an important part of traditional Indian or "Ayurvedic" medicine in India. Yoga uses several exercises including breathing, meditation, and body posture exercises. Many different styles of yoga exist that use a variety of techniques. The purpose of yoga is to achieve self-realization or enlightenment. Today it is also used for a variety of medical conditions and to maintain good health.

Like other forms of exercise and meditation, yoga appears to have several potentially beneficial effects. It can affect blood pressure, blood glucose levels, stress levels, and anxiety, and can affect brain chemicals related to mood.

Yoga is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when used appropriately. Like other forms of exercise, yoga might cause soreness in some people. In rare cases, hot yoga might cause heat stroke. Some reports have linked yoga exercises called "pranayam" and "Kapalabhati pranayama" to serious side effects involving the lungs. But these events are uncommon.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Yoga is POSSIBLY SAFE when used during pregnancy. There are some studies showing it doesn't harm the baby. However, some aggressive forms of yoga exercises might not be safe to use during pregnancy.

Children: Yoga is POSSIBLY SAFE when used appropriately by children under the supervision of a yoga teacher.

Abdominal surgery: There is concern that some aggressive breathing techniques, such as "Kapalabhati pranayama," might place too much pressure on the stomach area (abdomen) and harm people who have recently had abdominal surgery.

High blood pressure: There is concern that some aggressive breathing techniques, such as "Kapalabhati pranayama," might temporarily increase blood pressure and harm people with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Eye lens implant: Sometimes a lens implant can move and cause rubbing and pain in the eye. There is concern that some positions in yoga might make this movement worse.

There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

The appropriate or safe use of yoga depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

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