Mayo Clinic Q and A: What is the benefit of yoga? | Features

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a mother of two, work full time and am also a breast cancer survivor. I know exercise is important, so I try to hit the gym a few times a week for strength training and walking. A friend recently invited me to a yoga class. I never thought of adding yoga to my fitness routine. What are the benefits and how can I get started?

ANSWER: Yoga is a wonderful form of exercise that offers benefits that walking and weight training do not. In Eastern cultures, yoga is not considered an exercise, but rather “moving meditation”. In the western world, many people are familiar with power yoga or vinyasa yoga, which are classified as exercises.

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