Yoga helps tackle severe menopausal symptoms

Yoga tackles menopausal symptoms
Yoga tackles menopausal symptoms

Yoga could be of immense help to women going through severe menopausal symptoms, as it appears to improve mental functioning, while reducing night sweats and hot flashes, suggests Indian researchers.

To investigate this fact, about 120 women of the age group 44 to 55 years, with physical and cognitive symptoms of menopause, were randomly assigned yoga exercises such as simple stretching five days a week for eight weeks.

The postures such as meditation and breathing too were included in the yoga intervention, as they are believed to develop mastery over modifications of the mind. Women in the yoga group were also allowed to listen to lectures on how yoga helps in stress management and other such topics. Those in the control group, however, heard lectures on exercise, diet, and physiology of stress and menopause.

After eight weeks, women in the yoga group reported significant reduction of night sweats, hot flashes and sleep disturbances, while women in the control group did not report any such changes.

The study lead, Dr. R. Chattha of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India, explains that although both groups showed improvements in concentration, the improvement in yoga group was considerably high.

During the performance by the groups on memory and intelligence with 10 components, the yoga group scored eight, while the control group scored six. Even during the seven subtests, the yoga group showed remarkable improvements in comparison to the control group.

This study shows that yoga is even superior to other physical activities in enhancing cognitive functions which could be due to the focus that yoga lays on breathing, synchronization of breathing with body movements, and relaxation, the researchers conclude.

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  1. Another good site about yoga, special about Ayurveda articles, it’s quite complete and I enjoy to read it, really thanks for share, wish you have a good day

  2. Hi,

    I am a Masters of Occupational Therapy student and am undertaking a project exploring benefits and application of Yoga for post stroke clients. There is lot of research supporting the benefits of applying Yoga for various disabilities but there seems to be lack of literature on how to adapt Yoga for post stroke clients. I wish to evoke a discussion on how yoga is being adapted and applied with stroke clients and with what therapeutic gains.
    I invite your participation in the discussion about Yoga and stroke at my blogsite, http://strokeofyoga.blogspot.com/. What is likely to emerge out of this is a real-time, practice-based information on the topic. So, please come and share your experiences, ideas, and suggestions about the topic and join in an open & healthy discussion with other like-interest practitioners.
    Please share any information along the lines of what type of Yoga is used, how often, how is it adapted, which specific Yogic concepts are used, and how long it takes before the results are seen.
    I project to start summarizing the blog site activities by May 15th 2009.
    I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration. Your contribution is indispensable to the success of this undertaking and for future growth of knowledge in this area.
    Sincerely,
    Rashmi Bhatia, OTR/L

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