Yoga tackles menopausal symptoms

Monday 17 March, 2008

menopause yogaFurther evidence of yoga's therapeutic benefits has been found. A new study concluded that regular practice may ease menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors.

The trial involved 37 women who had finished treatment for early-stage breast cancer.

The women were split into two groups, one of which took a two-hour yoga class for eight weeks as well as practising yoga at home for 30 minutes a day.

At the end of the time-frame, the yoga group had a greater improvement in menopausal symptoms - they had a greater drop in fatigue and joint pain, and improved sleep.

The participants took a kind of yoga called Yoga of Awareness, which aims to create an enhanced sense of awareness and acceptance of the body's physical and mental state.

The study was carried out by the Duke and Oregon Health & Science University in the USA.

The results were presented in Los Angeles last week at the International Association of Yoga Therapists' Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research.

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