Throughout their life in school and university, people experience a variety of exercises, mostly in the form of sports. During this time in their lives, people rarely get the chance to take out some time from their busy schedule and to do exercises or perhaps even play a sport which would help keep them active and energized. Those who do make it an effort to take out time and to do some form of sport generally turn towards aerobics, tennis, running, swimming or dancing. However it is surprising to note that a very few number of people opt for yoga.

Yoga is a kind of activity which would be very helpful in a hectic time period of one’s life, particularly during their life at university. With the kind of tension and stress one has to endure due to assignments and exams, yoga would be the perfect retreat and would help students in maintaining their calm and to keep a relaxed and cool front despite when they are faced with stressful situations. Yoga is not something which should be considered an exercise or something in which one needs to put in effort, no. Rather, yoga is a sort of activity which takes into account one’s physical, mental, emotional and psychological well being and provides relief in all areas. Unlike other exercises, it is an activity which one can perform even when they are tired or when they do not want to do anything; it is a simple and easy way to relax and to get rid of the days stress.

Recently, a study was published in The New York Times which stated that by performing yoga for 75 minutes on a weekly basis or performing intense stretching would help in relieving lower back pain. There you go, another benefit associated with performing yoga.

The study which was published is one which analyzes the effects of yoga on lower chronic back pain, a generic problem which people all over the world face and which does not seem to have any guaranteed remedy. Even though previous studies carried out suggested that yoga was helpful in eliminating chronic lower back pain, they had a limited sample, the duration of the study was short and there were other such flaws associated with it.
This latest study which The New York Times talks about is one which involved around 200 people who were followed up for 26 weeks. The study was also published in The Archives of Internal Medicine. The lead author of the study, Karen J. Sherman stated that this study was good news as even though previous, smaller studies had suggested the beneficial effects of yoga on a variety of problems which people faced, this particular one was a much larger study with concrete results.

Yoga is definitely something which can help bring a positive impact on the lives of many individuals. This thinking has recently begun to take over and many people are seen to be taking part in yoga than they had been before.