The Science of Yoga

Researchers are studying how the science of yoga actually works.

George Salem, Ph.D. a biokinesiologist and physical therapist at the University of Southern California, studies the biometrics of yoga in healthy seniors and finds that some poses are actually targeting different muscles than originally understood, indicating that some poses may need to be altered for safe practise.

Do you know someone who suffers from lower back pain and finds yoga to be helpful? Karen Sherman, Ph.D. at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, finds that yoga offers a significant improvement for those who suffer from chronic low back pain and that there is no one magic pose, but “a series of carefully adapted poses can help reduce pain and improve function.”

Check out this recent video released by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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