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Children 2017, 4(2), 12; doi:10.3390/children4020012

Medical Yoga Therapy

Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
Academic Editor: Hilary McClafferty
Received: 27 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2017 / Published: 10 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mind-Body Medicine in Children and Adolescents)
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Abstract

Medical yoga is defined as the use of yoga practices for the prevention and treatment of medical conditions. Beyond the physical elements of yoga, which are important and effective for strengthening the body, medical yoga also incorporates appropriate breathing techniques, mindfulness, and meditation in order to achieve the maximum benefits. Multiple studies have shown that yoga can positively impact the body in many ways, including helping to regulate blood glucose levels, improve musculoskeletal ailments and keeping the cardiovascular system in tune. It also has been shown to have important psychological benefits, as the practice of yoga can help to increase mental energy and positive feelings, and decrease negative feelings of aggressiveness, depression and anxiety. View Full-Text
Keywords: yoga; yogic practice; anxiety; depression; mindfulness; meditation; arthritis; ADHD;  cardiovascular disease; inflammation yoga; yogic practice; anxiety; depression; mindfulness; meditation; arthritis; ADHD;  cardiovascular disease; inflammation
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