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Overview of yoga

Daniel B Fishbein, MD
Robert B Saper, MD, MPH
Section Editor
Mark D Aronson, MD
Deputy Editor
H Nancy Sokol, MD


Yoga is an increasingly popular practice used for health promotion and amelioration of a variety of conditions. Scientific studies and integrative medicine programs at major medical centers and universities are bringing yoga into the mainstream of medical education, research, and clinical practice [1,2].

This topic provides a description of the practice and styles of yoga, demographics of yoga practice, and the possible benefits and risks of the practice of yoga.

Studies of yoga for specific conditions are discussed elsewhere:

(See "Treatment of fibromyalgia in adults not responsive to initial therapies", section on 'Yoga'.)

(See "Treatment of acute low back pain", section on 'Other'.)


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