By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you have a chronic illness there is no doubt that yoga and meditation can help you feel better.

These time-tested health tools help in easing the physical and mental impact of a wide variety of conditions. Breathing exercises, physical stretches, exercise and meditation all can help.

In addition to fighting stress and anxiety, yoga can improve your overall well-being. Yoga increases your physical strength and, when you feel stronger, you feel healthier.

Talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise program like yoga. Ask him or her if there are any yoga exercises you should avoid. But definitely look into it.