Pracicing yoga over the long-term slashes the risk of degenerative disc disease (DDD). These findings were published in the European Spine Journal. According to the report, “this matched case–control study comprised 18 yoga instructors with teaching experience of more than 10 years and 18 non-yoga practicing asymptomatic individuals randomly selected from a health checkup database. A validated grading scale was used to grade the condition of cervical and lumbar discs seen in magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, and the resulting data analyzed statistically. Magnetic resonance imaging showed that the group of long-term practitioners of yoga studied had significantly less degenerative disc disease than a matched control group,” conclude the study’s authors. European Spine Journal – March 2011;20:408-13.