Complementary medicine update

Yoga and meditation – what is the active ingredient?

Complementary medicine update

Yoga and meditation – what is the active ingredient?

Stephen Penman

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Abstract

Yoga and meditation have become part of the medical mainstream in Australia.Yoga has proven benefits for patients experiencing many conditions, not only musculoskeletal problems but also anxiety, depression, premenstrual symptoms and cardiovascular disease.

Article Extract

Yoga has proven benefits for patients experiencing many conditions, not only musculoskeletal problems but also anxiety, depression, premenstrual symptoms and
cardiovascular disease.

Yoga is an ancient Eastern philosophy of living that includes physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, relaxation and moral codes, which together are said to provide a path to self-realisation. In Western society, yoga postures can be practised in isolation from the other aspects of yoga.