Many people may be aware that the 5,000-year-old practice of yoga provides physical and mental benefits. But now, even Western doctors are taking note. More and more doctors are prescribing yoga therapy to their patients, as it has been proven to alleviate back pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It has also been noted for its ability to help reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and hypertension. There are established yoga therapy programs at major health care centers in the United States including The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic, and more.