Yoga may possess a number of health benefits for one's mental state as well as their physical appearance, according to one instructor.
Ana Franklin, who is a yoga instructor in Kansas, recently explained to the Kansas State Collegian about how yoga can "cleanse and purify the body and mind."
"The whole idea of yoga is that we do need to do something every day — in the way that we brush our teeth every day — we need to do something for our minds every day as well," Franklin said.
While it may be easy to assume that Franklin is merely touting the industry that pays her bills, scientific studies back up her statements.
This past August a study appeared online in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine stating the practice of yoga was instrumental in decreasing participants' feelings of depression and anxiety.
In fact, the results from the study were so positive that lead author Chris Streeter, M.D., from the Boston University School of Medicine, suggested yoga could be used as a possible treatment for those suffering from "certain mental disorders."