Prescribing Yoga

Meg Hayes, Sam Chase

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More than 15.8 million people in the United States now practice some form of yoga, and nearly half of current practitioners stated they began yoga practice as a means of improving overall health. More broadly understood in a modern context, yoga is a set of principles and practices designed to promote health and well-being through the integration of body, breath, and mind. This article outlines the history of yoga and describes several forms, including asana-based yoga, which is becoming popular in the United States. Research findings related to use of yoga as a therapy for various health problems are reviewed. Guidelines for finding a yoga teacher are offered, as are a number of book and Internet sources of further information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-47
Number of pages17
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Meditation
  • Movement therapies
  • Yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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