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Yoga is a universal practice, shared in both in the east, where it originated, and the west, where it has since been adopted and developed further. Yoga begins with the mind, where health begins, as our mental choices of food, exercise, emotions, and more all affect the body. Traditional yoga in India includes a set of ethical and moral precepts, including diet, exercise, and meditative aspects. In the west, Yoga focuses primarily on postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Now more than ever, yoga is frequently used in western medicine to treat chronic disease and eliminate stress.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|