Modern medicine is finally cottoning on to something that yoga practitioners have known for thousand of years – the benefits of yoga are endless. Here’s a snapshot:

Depression and anxiety

A growing number of studies are finding that yoga can significantly improve depression and anxiety symptoms. A recent review of 16 studies held by Duke University Medical Center, US, found that yoga “positively influences chemical messengers in the brain, inflammation in the body, and other biological factors in much the same way as antidepressants and psychotherapy”

Heart Disease

A 2004 study from Yale University School of Medicine in the US found that practising yoga reduces blood pressure, pulse and risk of heart disease. One reason why – “Yoga has a meditation component that is not true of other exercises,” says Professor Janice Kiecolt-Glaser from Ohio Stat University College of medicine. “That aspect makes a difference”

Multiple sclerosis

A 2004 study published in the journal of Neurology found that yoga can significantly reduce fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis – a symptom that can be potentially disabling.

Cancer

A University of Texas study found that, for women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy, yoga reduced fatigue, lowered stress levels and improved overall health. Research from the University of Rochester medical Center, US reports that yoga improves both sleep and quality of life for cancer patients. An article by oncology nurse practitioner and registered yoga teacher Susan DiSasio published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing cited research the shows yoga practice alleviates side effects of cancer treatments, including fatigue, insomnia and depression.

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