Exercise: Yoga True and False

I’ve been doing Yoga for a few months now and I can tell you firsthand—it’s an amazing work out! If you’re curious about it, Health answers a few questions about Yoga. Check it out:
Claim: Yoga can help you lose weight. | TRUE
How much depends on the type, how often you do it, and your diet (of course). More-athletic styles—most notably ashtanga, a.k.a. power yoga—burn more calories and help build more muscle (which translates into an even higher number of calories torched) than more-meditative versions. A 150-pound woman can work off more than 460 calories during a single hour of power yoga (versus around 170 calories for a traditional yoga session). Many celebrities, including Serena Williams, love how yoga helps them stay in shape.

Claim: Yoga cures asthma. | FALSE
Many asthma patients believe doing certain types of breathing techniques can help reduce their symptoms. But research published in the medical journal Thorax suggests that yogic breathing isn’t one of them: Participants who used a device that mimicked the breathing technique pranayama saw no improvement in their asthma symptoms.
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Health Watch Center - October 23, 2007 4:51 AM

Informative post, expanding the information about yoga and asthma...quality of life will be increased with these breathing exercises. These exercises will help to reduce the symptoms of asthma and also reduce the usage of medication needed to control asthma. In former Soviet Union, the buteyco breathing technique is used to control asthma. This technique will teach you to habitually breathe less and prevents hyperventilation (breathing too much).

This buteyco breathing exercises also includes advice about stress reduction, nutrition, usage of medication and relaxation, where as, the papworth method is the sequence of breathing and relaxation technique which involves diaphragmatic breathing (deep belly breathing). It is proved that this method will significantly reduce the symptoms of asthma with some evidences.

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