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Prim Care. 2010 Mar;37(1):31-47. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2009.09.009.

Prescribing yoga.

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Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239, USA.


More than 15.8 million people in the United States now practice some form of yoga, and nearly half of current practitioners stated they began yoga practice as a means of improving overall health. More broadly understood in a modern context, yoga is a set of principles and practices designed to promote health and well-being through the integration of body, breath, and mind. This article outlines the history of yoga and describes several forms, including asana-based yoga, which is becoming popular in the United States. Research findings related to use of yoga as a therapy for various health problems are reviewed. Guidelines for finding a yoga teacher are offered, as are a number of book and Internet sources of further information.

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