Osteopathic is a distinct branch of medicine, based on the concept that all systems of the body are interrelated. So doctors of Osteopathic Medicine use a whole-person approach to treat an individual. In the same way, yoga is based on similar principles of a holistic approach for an individual’s well-being.

1. Osteopath and Yoga – similar philosophy.

Osteopathy and yoga share a complementary relationship, with each seeking to promote healing. Osteopathic Doctors, or DOs, focus on the prevention of ailments instead of just treating the symptoms. Many osteopaths are incorporating yoga into their treatment to achieve overall good health and wellness in a person.

Practicing yoga gives you many benefits both for physical and mental health. Here’s a look at some of the benefits.

2. Physical Benefits        

Regarding physical function and fitness, studies have shown that yoga practice over some time has a positive impact on your body balance, flexibility, and even weight loss.
 :: Improves flexibility, balance, and strength
:: Consistent yoga practice improves overall respiratory functions. Many yoga breathing techniques have helped improve lung function in asthma patients.
:: Regular yoga practice helps improve cardio endurance and muscle strength in both men and women.
:: Doing yoga could help reduce chronic pain, from injuries to arthritis.

3. Mental Benefits       

:: Yoga helps to fight depression, by decreasing the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone often associated with depression.
:: Regular yoga practice reduces stress levels and relaxes the mind.
:: Doing yoga helps an individual to cope up with feelings of anxiety.
:: Yoga regulates your sleep cycle thus giving you a deep and peaceful sleep.

Both Osteopathy and yoga have been known to improve the overall quality of life in an individual. To stay healthy, one should follow a consistent yoga routine under the guidance of a professional and experienced yoga teacher.