>YOGA MYTH-BUSTER

William J. Broad, author of The Science of Yoga, explores the facts and fallacies. True or false?

YOGA RELIEVES STRESS

TRUE

“Research shows it releases neurotransmitters that have antidepressant qualities.”

IT HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT

FALSE

“Your metabolism goes down. If you take up yoga and don’t change your diet, you can actually gain weight.”

IT KEEPS YOU YOUNG

TRUE

“The de-stressing qualities of yoga lengthen the lifespan of cells, which has an overall antiaging effect.”

IT IMPROVES YOUR SEX LIFE

TRUE

“Studies show it basically works like an aphrodisiac.”

IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE

FALSE

“It can be dangerous. I’ve stopped doing shoulder stands because there’s a small risk of stroke. But yoga’s benefits far out-weigh the risks.”

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