Yoga and Pilates are recognized by exercise physiologists as the best way to increase flexibility, align skeletal and muscular structure and reduce injuries. Other physical benefits include increased muscle tone, strength and stamina. There is an endless number of people suffering from disease or conditions that can be reduced and even relieved by practicing yoga and/or Pilates. Some common diseases that can be helped are: depression, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, heart disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), back pain, and high blood pressure.