Life-style, Recreation, Exercise: Yoga and Health



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The subject aims to provide the students with recent knowledge on various health aspects of yoga.
By the effect of yoga, numerous favourable changes can occur in the organ functions. For example in the brain function, in respiratory tract, immune and hormone function, in bone metabolism, in balance, in blood lipid levels, in body composition, in blood pressure, in heart rate variability, in the function of autonom nervous system.

From the aspect of disease prevention, wellbeing and quality of life, there is a high impact on lifestyle. Yoga can influence lifestyle factors, such as sleep, stress, anxiety, nutrition, smoking, sexual life.

Greater awareness of our feelings and bodily desires may increase the self-confidence necessary to make decisions that feel right, contributing to positive emotions and psychological well-being. Mind-body exercises, such as yoga, may play a role in enhancing embodiment and reduce self-objectification.
Yoga can play a role in the supply of clinical treatment at different chronic conditions, such as low back pain, neck pain, Irritable bowel syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cancer, hypertension, depression, etc.

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