Yoga is believed to have originated in India thousands of years ago, a combination of spiritual, physical and mental discipline practiced in religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. Today, yoga is practiced by millions for health rather than religious reasons. One of the most popular forms of yoga, called hatha, is practiced for purification of the entire body and for restoration of equilibrium to the body and stress relief to the mind.
Yoga is an ancient Oriental form of exercise that is believed to promote organ and gland health in order for those organs to produce healing chemicals for optimal organ and overall body health. Yoga exercise also helps maintain joint health and flexibility. Yoga helps increase and improves flexibility, muscle tone, and strength. Such benefits help to reduce pain and to relieve the stresses and strains on joints and the spine.
Forms of yoga used for exercise, meditation or as a treatment for bone and joint disease, organ damage, chronic illness and overall strengthening and toning of the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the body include:
Yoga exercises are low-impact but offer effective stamina, strengthening and toning benefits for all ages.
Yoga retreats, spas and treatment facilities around the world are growing as more health care professionals understand and combine yoga, meditation and traditional forms of medical and mental techniques, procedures and treatments for illness and disease processes. In the U.S., yoga and meditation retreats are still pricy, with average stays of 3 to 5 days costing an average of $500 or more, with an average cost of $100 to $200 a day, sometimes up to $300-$350 a day including food and lodging.
Those traveling to locations in India can find deals of two-week stays for the same price, including food and lodging, meditation sessions, consultations with doctors or certified and trained CAM professionals, and yoga sessions. Travelers visiting countries like Central Europe or South America may also find deals and packages for several-day or several-week stays in yoga resorts.
Yoga is often combined with a meditation technique, but can be done by itself for effective treatment of many conditions. Yoga, as an alternative form of medicine more commonly known as CAM, can be used in conjunction with conventional medical practices by medical doctors (MDs) as well as doctors of osteopathy (DOs). This combination of traditional and alternative health approaches to deal with high blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis, and other bone and joint diseases are suggested not only by such physicians, but also by physical therapists who adapt many forms of yoga and meditation into both physical and recreational therapy programs.
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