Yoga is a mind and body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy, according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. There are many styles of yoga, but each usually combines physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation or relaxation.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga has been shown to:
- Reduce pain and improve function
- Reduce blood pressure and heart rate
- Relieve stress and boost mood, calmness and confidence
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be flexible?
No. Yoga isn’t just stretching. It’s toning, calming, meditating, healing and opening. Flexibility is just one aspect of it. Once you practice yoga for a while, you will naturally gain flexibility, as well as greater peace of mind and well-being.
What kind of clothes should I wear to a yoga class?
You do not have to wear spandex or leotards. We recommend comfortable clothing that is form-fitting but not snug. Baggy pants are not advised because the instructor likes to see if you’re positioning your legs correctly in the different poses.
Will insurance pay for yoga classes?
Yoga classes are not typically covered by insurance and fees range from individual coaching to group classes.
Find a yoga class at Ohio State
Integrative Medicine at Ohio State offers a variety of classes.