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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
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Parshad, Omkar
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Basic Medical Sciences
Article Title
Role of Yoga in Stress Management
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Journal Title
West Indian Medical Journal
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
2004
Volume ID
53
Issue ID
3
Page(s)
191-194
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ISSN
0043-3144
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Abstract
The state of the mind and that of the body are intimately related. If the mind is relaxed, the muscles in the body will also be relaxed. Stress produces a state of physical and mental tension. Yoga, developed thousands of years ago, is recognized as a form of mind-body medicine. In yoga, physical postures and breathing exercises improve muscle strength, flexibility, blood circulation and oxygen uptake as well as hormone function. In addition, the relaxation induced by meditation helps to stabilize the autonomic nervous system with a tendency towards parasympathetic dominance. Physiological benefits which follow, help yoga practitioners become more resilient to stressful conditions and reduce a variety of important risk factors for various diseases, especially cardio-respiratory diseases.....
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