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Does yoga replace Western medical approaches?

No. Yoga is a form of exercise that complements Western medical approaches. More doctors today are recommending that patients incorporate it into their traditional medical plan. For example, some studies have shown that yoga can help lower heart rate, blood pressure, and increase muscle tone. However, it depends on the poses and the amount of time spent performing activity. Alone, the average yoga session does not typically meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity that helps improve or maintain health and cardiovascular fitness.

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