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Nonaerobic movement with controlled breathing can be practiced to reduce stress and anxiety that is often associated with disease and illness. The Eastern medicine body movement techniques most well known include:
Tai chi is an ancient form of martial art. It is based on a Chinese belief system of practicing slow, graceful movements and rhythmic breathing. Tai chi is sometimes referred to as moving meditation—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply. It is well-suited for the elderly.
Tai chi may help:
Decrease blood pressure
Increase stamina, muscle tone, and flexibility
Improve posture, balance, muscle mass, and strength in older people
Yoga is an ancient posturing and breathing technique originating from India. It uses slow movement, meditation and breathing exercises to reach a state of relaxation. Hatha yoga is common in the United States and Europe. It uses postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama). Some of the other major styles of hatha yoga include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini, Kundalini, and Bikram yoga.
Yoga may help:
Reduce pain associated with some chronic illnesses
Enhance quality of life
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