Yoga originated in India in the 6th or 5th centuries BCE as a meditative spiritual practice and philosophical discipline. Many styles or schools of yoga exist: hatha, iyengar, kundalini, bikram, etc. You will want to try different styles to see which one best meets your needs.
Simple yoga exercises are a great way to calm your nerves from daily stress.
Calm your nerves with relaxation exercises: http://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/mini-relaxations.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20160810.
Yoga can stretch and strengthen muscles, and may be used as part of recreational therapy following hospitalizations.
Pain rehabilitation: http://www.mayoclinic.org/pain-rehabilitation/art-20208636?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pain-management.
Yoga can be part of an integrated therapeutic approach to chronic pain. It allows you to have more control over your response to pain, because it is an active therapy that you can use whenever it is needed.
Integrative Approaches to Pain: http://www.mayoclinic.org/integrative-approaches-to-treating-pain/art-20208637?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pain-management.
Beyond Opioids: Other options for treating chronic pain - http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/health-answers/beyond-opioids-other-options-treating-chronic-pain/?xid=nl_EverydayHealthLivingWithChronicPain_20160908.
Yoga can even help you sleep better! It is an effective relaxation exercise to try before bedtime.
Remedies for sleep problems due to aging: http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/insomnia/tips/seniors-dont-take-sleep-woes-lying-down.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20160821.
Yoga has been recommended in the treatment of health conditions as disparate as:
- the symptoms of multiple sclerosis
How yoga helps multiple sclerosis: http://www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-sclerosis/living-with/how-yoga-helps-multiple-sclerosis/?xid=nl_EverydayHealthLivingWithMultipleSclerosis_20160806,
- chronic kidney disease
Exercise training for adults with chronic kidney disease: http://www.cochrane.org/CD003236/RENAL_exercise-training-for-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease,
- the stress and anxiety caused by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? http://www.everydayhealth.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/guide/,
- lowering cholesterol (if you work at an aerobic level)
Top exercises to lower your cholesterol: http://www.everydayhealth.com/high-cholesterol/top-exercises-to-lower-your-cholesterol.aspx,
- urinary incontinence
A group-based yoga therapy intervention for urinary incontinence in women: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24763156,
For suggested helpful poses: http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/everyday-fitness/exercises-to-ease-constipation/?xid=nl_EverydayHealthLivingWithMultipleSclerosis_20160326,
Effects of yoga versus walking on mood, anxiety, and brain GABA levels http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2010.0007, and
- osteopenia and osteoporosis
Twelve-minute daily yoga regimen reverses osteoporotic bone loss: http://journals.lww.com/topicsingeriatricrehabilitation/Citation/2016/04000/Twelve_Minute_Daily_Yoga_Regimen_Reverses.3.aspx
For more potential benefits of yoga, please see:
11 Unexpected Health-Promoting Benefits of Yoga
As with all physical activities, please check with your healthcare professional to be sure you are ready to begin doing yoga.