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Yoga og terapi

Yoga og sorg

Anna Medaris Miller, U.S.News Health, Januar 2015

 

Research has shown that mind-body practices including yoga and meditation can help reduce symptoms of various conditions such as depression, anxiety, negative mood, fatigue and stress.

 

But mental health experts are beginning to recognize the power the practices can also have on people coping with grief, which used to be viewed as a largely psychological experience, says Kait Philbin​, a psychologist and a certified yoga teacher in Redwood City, California.

 

“It used to be that [therapists] just thought that all you had to do was look at the mind, but they’re realizing that there’s a complicated relationship going on between the body and mind,” Philbin says. Her research has shown that a six-week yoga therapy program for grief and bereavement significantly improved participants’ vitality (a measure of appetite, energy level, sleep, relaxation and body stiffness) and positive states​ (the ability to get good rest, concentrate and be intimate). 

Yoga kan være gunstig for hjertet ditt:

 Janice Neumann, Reuters - Desember 2014:

 

Those sun salutations and downward dogs could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research.

 

Based on 37 clinical trials, researchers found that doing yoga lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.

 

“Taken together, these improvements could facilitate and complement a regimen toward better cardiovascular health,” said Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the study.

Studie: Yoga og meditasjon for brystkreftpasienter:

Linda E. Carlson⇑, Richard Doll, Joanne Stephen, Peter Faris, Rie Tamagawa, Elaine Drysdale and 

Michael Speca. 2013

 

VANCOUVER – Meditation and gentle yoga have been proven to be more effective than group therapy in helping breast cancer survivors cope with the stress and anxiety that often follows treatment, according to a recent study from cancer researchers in Alberta and B.C.

 

The study, the largest trial of its kind, followed 271 breast cancer survivors in Alberta and B.C. Findings show participants who used ‘mindfulness-based’ therapy, which includes meditation and yoga, were more likely than group therapy participants to develop positive coping strategies, such as acceptance, and less likely to use unhelpful strategies, such as worry and avoidance.

 

“More women than ever before are surviving their active treatments for breast cancer but continue to have high levels of stress resulting from their illness,” says Dr. Linda Carlson, a clinical psychologist with CancerControl Alberta at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Professor in the Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary, and the study’s lead author. “Our study shows mindfulness-based therapy is better than group therapy for decreasing symptoms of stress and for improving overall quality of life and social support. As participants gradually increased their exposure to feared thoughts and feelings during meditation practice, the feared stimuli lost much of their power.”