Yoga and Mindfulness for MS

In this new study, the effect of a group mindfulness-based stress reduction and consciousness yoga program on quality of life and fatigue severity in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was explored.

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Jan 02, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28032077

A new year dawns...and the research keeps rolling in - which keeps us feeling very happy and hopeful indeed! In this new study, the effect of a group mindfulness-based stress reduction and consciousness yoga program on quality of life and fatigue severity in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was explored.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.

In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in the 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men. Research is advancing rapidly in this area and there is a growing body of research to suggest that mindfulness and yoga can have multiple and far-reaching benefits for this population.

This new study was made up of 24 participants with a diagnosis of MS. The participants were randomly assigned into the test group (12) and the control group (12). MS Quality of Life and the Fatigue Severity Scale were used for data collection. Subjects in the test group underwent a mindfulness-based stress reduction and conscious yoga program in 8 two-hour sessions.

Wonderfully, the study findings showed that there was a significant difference between subjects in the experimental and control groups in terms of quality of life measures including physical health, role limitations due to physical and emotional problems, energy, emotional well-being, health distress, health perception, and satisfaction with sexual function, overall quality of life, and fatigue severity. Researchers concluded that the results show that the program is effective in reduction of fatigue severity and improving some subscales of quality of life in people with MS.

Have a super bank holiday everyone :)

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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