Schizophrenia, Embodiment and Yoga

​A research study conducted this month (Nyboe et al, 2016) looked at physical activity and anomalous bodily experiences in people with first-episode schizophrenia (FES).

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May 21, 2016
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A research study conducted this month (Nyboe et al, 2016) looked at physical activity and anomalous bodily experiences in people with first-episode schizophrenia (FES). The purpose of the study was to compare physical activity in patients with FES with controls; to investigate changes in physical activity over one year of follow-up; and to explore the correlations of physical activity and anomalous bodily experiences reported by patients with FES. Physical activity and aerobic fitness were found to be significantly lower in people with FES compared with healthy controls. Over one year of follow-up, people with FES had lower physical activity and aerobic fitness. Those with more severe anomalous bodily experiences had significantly lower physical activity compared with others with fewer such experiences. An obvious conclusion to draw from these findings is that people with FES may benefit from physical activity given that both anomalous bodily experiences and negative symptoms are significantly correlated with low physical activity.

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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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