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    Mayo Clinic Minute: Benefits of yoga

June 21 is the International Day of Yoga. The day, sponsored by the United Nations, is designed to let people know about the benefits of yoga. The practice of yoga developed in India 5,000 years ago. For many people, yoga brings balance to the mind and body. Plus, new research shows yoga may be just as beneficial as physical therapy for some people with back pain.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to Colleen Pelkey, a Mayo Clinic mind and body instructor, about the practice of yoga, and how it can improve your health and enhance your life.

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Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program’s gentle yoga class.

“It helps with balance and strength and flexibility, which really, all of us need.”

Mind and body instructor Colleen Pelkey says yoga may also reduce stress, lower blood pressure, lower your heart rate, and ...

“... It can reduce the inflammation in our bodies. It helps with digestion. It just gets everything moving.”

Through poses and meditation, yoga helps you focus on your body, breathing and relaxing. So you can tune out the demands of our busy world, and find balance.

“Anybody can benefit from yoga.”

Even people with diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Talk to your health care provider before you start.