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Yoga Benefits

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Marshall Sanders has been a registered yoga instructor for five years and has enjoyed yoga since he was a teen.  

So when reports of yoga-related injuries such as strained backs, slipped discs, muscle injuries and sprains began to pop up in the news, Sanders knew what the problem was. People were not being trained properly.

"A lot of people will buy DVDS and buy books and without that special touch and guidance from a teacher it's really hard to know if you are getting the poses accurately."

And doctors will agree. Like any new activity, participants must learn to do it correctly. And people also have to take their overall health into consideration.

"Do they have any conditions like osteoporosis, or something that will put stress on their spine or fracture their spine," says Dr. Assil Saleh.

Neil Ruiz has been a yoga student for about three years. It's helped him with job stress, and previous injuries. He says a smaller yoga class helped.

"When you go one on one, or one on two you get that attention to learn how to do positions correctly." 

Experts say look for a certified yoga studio. And start slow. Because there are different degrees of yoga, instructors recommend that you gradually work into a program that is comfortable for you. And talking to your doctor about taking yoga is best.
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