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Why practice yoga?

New studies have found that relaxation techniques dramatically reduce the need to undergo medical examinations, particularly for stress-related disorders. This alone is a great reason to start and continue to practice yoga and meditation.

Yoga and meditation are shown to be able to give to our body and our mind a deep feeling of relaxation, using relaxation specific techniques including but not limited to breathwork and mindfulness. Health practitioners have for a long time known that the use of relaxation techniques is beneficial to health, but it is not easy to prescribe these practices without relying on scientific proof.

From this demand for scientific proof, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have decided to conduct a retrospective analysis that took into account data on nearly 4,000 patients between 2006 and 2014. These patients had followed the recommendations of their doctors regarding the practice relaxation techniques. Another 13,000 patients, however, had not used such techniques. The results were surprising: the use of relaxation reduced the incidence of health care visits by 43%. Think of how important it is to learn to deal with stressful situations in life but further more if you could learn to relax and feel lucid during those times.

Thanks to relaxation techniques, patients have learned to manage stress-related disorders and to feel better without having to consult their doctor as often. Did you know that health issues caused by stress are the third leading cause of health care spending in the United States? Stress-related disorders include headache, back pain, insomnia, gastric reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, and chest pain: the cost for US citizens are evaluated at more than $80 billion in health care costs per year. What does this mean? Moving forward you should refer any patients and friends to practice yoga and meditation and our healthcare professionals should teach us effective relaxation techniques that help us feel better, in order to lower our societies need for an overloaded health care system, at least from an economic point of view.

Enjoy, Namaste.

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