Yoga for Ulcerative Colitis

A total of 77 patients with ulcerative colitis in clinical remission but impaired quality of life were randomly assigned to yoga for 12 supervised weekly sessions of 90 minutes or written self-care advice.

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Apr 06, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28378342

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a condition that causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon (the large bowel). It is a chronic condition, which means that it is ongoing and life-long, although people may have periods of good health (remission), as well as times when symptoms are more active (relapses or flare-ups).

Perceived stress seems to be a risk factor for exacerbation of ulcerative colitis. Given that yoga has been shown to reduce perceived stress, this new study into yoga for UC emerged :)

A total of 77 patients with ulcerative colitis in clinical remission but impaired quality of life were randomly assigned to yoga for 12 supervised weekly sessions of 90 minutes or written self-care advice.

The yoga group had significantly higher disease-specific quality of life compared to the self-care group after 12 weeks and after 24 weeks. Disease activity was lower in the yoga group compared to the self-care group after 24 weeks. Researchers concluded that yoga can be considered as a safe and effective intervention for patients with ulcerative colitis and impaired quality of life.

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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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