While many types of aerobic and anaerobic exercise promote physical and mental wellbeing, there are specific "schools" of physical activity with a more distinct mind-body approach. For example:
Mindful movement  is an effective way to reduce stress and its physical consequences.
In addition, there are specific physical benefits associated with each of these mindful movement practices. Research shows yoga , for example, has health benefits including increased strength and flexibility, better balance and coordination, improved reaction times, better lung function, heightened cardiovascular conditioning, and weight loss.
Psychological benefits of practice include relaxation, greater equanimity, better concentration, and improved mood.
Scientific studies have found yoga as a useful adjunct to the care of such conditions as asthma, arthritis , carpal tunnel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease .
Mindful movement practices are undoubtedly physically and mentally beneficial. However, overly strenuous physical activity  can lead to injury. Check with a healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise regime. Find a qualified teacher and share any specific health issues you have. And be sure to listen to your own body and do only what feels comfortable to you.
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