Yoga may not give you a mental lift

It is supposed to be a thorough workout for both body and soul.
But researchers claim doing yoga has no additional mental benefits when compared with regular stretching. The largest study of its kind found those who do the Indian stretching with a bad back would alleviate the physical symptoms – but that was it.
The researchers were unable to detect any improvement in mental welfare that they could specifically put down to the exercise.
Yoga has become one of the most popular ways to stay in shape thanks to endorsement from hundreds of celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Those who follow it claim it gives them a spiritual cleansing that can be traced back to its roots in ancient India. However the study found that overall, yoga was only as effective at relieving back pain as normal stretching. 

Source  - Daily Mail