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Because there are many different types of yoga practices, anybody can start. “It doesn’t matter whether you are a couch potato or a pro athlete, height and fitness levels because there are variations in every form for every yoga pose and novice class,” says Dr. Nevins. “The idea is not to aspire for some doughnut-like perfection but to examine your limitations. It’s a great way to get your body and inner self in harmony.

The Benefits of Yoga


Maintaining regular yoga practice will bring benefits for physical and mental health


Read about the various types of yoga, and how to use it as a tool to help you stay healthy.

Like yoga, the osteopathic approach to wellness focuses on the natural health and self-healing tendency in your body.

“Yoga’s aim is to build strength, sensitivity, and peace in both mind and body,” says Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family doctor and licensed Kundalini Yoga teacher in Hollywood, California.

While there are more than 100 different types of yoga, or classes, most sessions usually involve breathing exercises, meditation, and holding postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that extend and relax different groups of muscles.

“As an osteopathic specialist, I focus my attention on preventive medicine and procedures and on the capacity of the body to cure itself,” Dr. Nevins states. “Yoga is a great tool to stay healthy because it is focused on similar principles.” Physicians of osteopathic medicine, or physicians of osteopathic medicine, concentrate on recovery by analyzing how your diet and environment affect your health rather than managing your symptoms. They also complete extensive post-graduate and clinical training before becoming physicians with full licenses. Compare the standards of doctor training to those needed for other types of physicians.

Physical benefits

“The relaxation techniques used in yoga will alleviate chronic pain, including lower back pain, depression, migraine, and arthritis,” Dr. Nevins says. “Yoga can also raise blood pressure & reduce insomnia.”


Some physical advantages of Yoga include:

  • increased versatility
  • Better body power and toning
  • Better breathing, strength, and stamina
  • Keeping the body healthy
  • Reduce weight
  • Cardio and mental wellbeing
  • Improved performance in athletics
  • Injury defense

Mental benefits

One of the best benefits of yoga, apart from the physical benefits, is how it helps a person manage stress, which is proven to have detrimental effects on the body and mind. “Stress will show itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, breathing disorders, insomnia, drug abuse, and a lack of concentration,” Dr. Nevins says. “Yoga can be very helpful in improving coping skills and having a much more positive outlook.” The integration of meditation with mindfulness by yoga will help to improve the mental wellbeing of an individual. “Regular yoga exercise promotes mental clarity and tranquility; improves consciousness of the body; soothes chronic stress patterns; calms the mind; enhances attention, and increases concentration,” Dr. Nevins says. Body-& self-awareness is especially beneficial, she says, “as they can help detect physical problems early and allow early preventive intervention.”


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