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Benefits of Yoga

Posted 1/28/2014

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  Ah, the marvels of yoga. This is another study suggesting that yoga may improve fatigue and reduce inflammation in breast cancer survivors. The nice twist is that the report indicates that the real boost is that yoga may help women sleep better, and it is actually more and better sleep that is the prize winner. I love sleeping, have always been a world class sleeper--not so much a world class, or even a neighborhood class, yoga person.

  I have done yoga regularly twice in my life. The fist time was in my 20s when I could do anything, could pretzel myself comfortably into any position, and then stand right back up. The second time was about 7 years ago when, for close to a year, I took a wonderful yoga course with a few other breast cancer survivors. I was no longer as nimble, but it was a wonderful experience. The third time was a single class last summer. Near our cottage in Maine, I had spotted a sign advertising a weekly yoga class. I went as did only two other women and a very enthusiastic instructor. To my "shock": I could not move my body into many of the suggested poses--and, worse, I was really sore the next day. Conclusion: If I want to do yoga again, I need a find a more comfortable setting.

Here is the start of the article and a link to read more:

Yoga May Reduce Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors
Researchers think improved sleep may be the key to benefits

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga may help breast cancer survivors beat the debilitating fatigue and sleep problems that often follow toxic treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, a new study shows.

Fatigue can be a big challenge for cancer survivors.

"Even some years out from breast cancer treatment, anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of women report substantial levels of fatigue," said study author Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University in Columbus.

That may be due, in large part, to disrupted sleep. As many as 60 percent of cancer survivors say they have trouble sleeping, she noted, a rate that's two to three times higher than their cancer-free peers


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