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OK, now down to the busines of yoga and stress reduction. Many people "come" to yoga for more than just a good stretch. They come for the stress reduction. Someone somewhere told somebody that "Yoga makes me feel so good" and it's bringing more nad more people to yoga over the last decade or so. This is not without merit and it's worth noting that studies are concluding that there is proof behind the "feel good" of yoga actually redicing stress.
FYI stress is a killer incase you hadn't heard. We all have it. Of course there is good stress but that's not what we are talking about here. I'm talking about the bad stress. The stress and anxiety that interfere with your sleep, that cause you to wake with several grey hairs. The stresses that squeeze yoru chest and make you feel as if you cannot breathe comfortably. That sort of stress. Many studies have found that anxiety, depression and stress reak havoc on the body as well as the mind. Not that we needed science to back that up. We all know it. We feel it from time to time. So why not try a little yoga. It's been around like for-EVER...
How yoga can help?
Published in the Journal Of Alternative Medicine is a study from (Ref.No:7) 2010.
The studies comparing the effects of yoga and exercise seem to indicate that, in both healthy and diseased populations, yoga may be as effective as or better than exercise at improving a variety of health-related outcome measures. A little weird because I've always considered yoga exercise. But I'll take it.
A study by Hartfiel N, Havenhand J, Khalsa SB, Clarke G, Krayer A ( Ref.No:9) concludes that even a short program of yoga is effective for enhancing emotional well-being and resilience to stress in the workplace.
And yet another study published on 08.04.12 by D. Vancampfort, University Psychiatric Centre University Leuven, Campus Kortenberg, Belgium (Ref.No:8) concludes that although limited, results indicated that yoga therapy can be a useful addition to reduce general psychopathology and positive and negative symptoms. In the same way, HRQL (health related quality of life) improved in those antipsychotic‐stabilized patients with schizophrenia following yoga.
Wait for it....I got another one. A study by Amy C.Bilderbecka shows some positives in a prison setting. It would appear (just my opinion) that yoga MIGHT BE GOOD FOR YOU....
Who knew? HAHAHAAAAAAAAA :)
Debbie Krejci E-RYT 500
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