Yoga Boosts Cardiovascular Fitness and Psychological Health Study Shows

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B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500

There has been an ongoing debate regarding yoga’s ability to improve cardiovascular and physical fitness. A new study suggests that, for sedentary college students, regular Vinyasa yoga practice may boost both fitness and mental health, and reduce stress.

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