It has been scientifically proven that many ailments are related to one another in some way. Of the eight common ailments (arthritis, asthma, constipation, diabetes, hypertension, lumbago, piles/ hemorrhoids, and sciatica), some affect the body (manifested by constipation), while others afflict the mind (manifested by a hypertensive state). For example, high cholesterol levels may lead to diabetes; chronic constipation often causes migraines; and an attack of asthma raises anxiety levels, potentially causing a hypertensive state. Nevertheless, it is also a proven fact that positive attitudes to diet, breath, and exercise have a direct impact on human health. Yoga attempts to supplement this philosophy with a holistic approach to various sattvic diets, ailment specific breathing techniques, and effective stretching.
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