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Mika Doyle, Bustle – Although yoga originated as a spiritual — rather than a physical — practice rooted in Indian philosophy, health experts have done a wealth of research to find out what health conditions doing yoga can help with.

Because yoga is typically a low-impact practice, many people like to practice yoga as a complementary health approach for conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, anxiety, stress, or just for overall health, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Research suggests that adding yoga to your current health practices can improve your quality of life. These are just 11 of the health conditions doing yoga can help with, according to some of the latest research.

Health Conditions Doing Yoga Can Help With, According To Science

1. Yoga Can Help With Chronic Stress

A small study conducted at the University of Utah showed that practicing yoga increased participants’ tolerance to stress, according to Harvard Health. Regular yoga practice, says Harvard Health, reduces your response to daily stress and offers self-soothing techniques, like meditation and relaxation exercises.

2.Yoga Can Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety and stress are different animals, but yoga can help with both. A small study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine showed yoga can be used in conjunction with other treatment methods to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

3. Yoga Can Decrease Depression

According to Yoga Journal, a study presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychology Association found that male veterans who were experiencing high levels of depression saw a reduction in their symptoms after a twice-weekly yoga program.

It’s important to note that, like with anxiety reduction, this study also suggests that yoga is to be used in conjunction with other treatment options. See the full list at Bustle. 

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