September 8, 2009 --This will come as no surprise to yoga lovers, but for people struggling with back pain, practicing this exercise can do wonders. That's the finding of a new study in the journal Spine. The study found people who did yoga twice a week for six months reported improvements in their pain functioning. They also reported fewer symptoms of depression.
Iyengar yoga, a type of exercise that is popular in the US, builds strength, flexibility and balance by taking participants through a series of specific poses. Experts say that strengthens muscles to create a brace around the torso.