Yoga's Benefits Post Menopause

There are very few studies on the possible therapeutic application of yoga in the years following the menopause...so this very recent randomised controlled trial aimed to address that by investigating the psycho-physiological effects of a regular Hatha yoga practice in post-menopausal women.

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Jun 06, 2016
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27261993

There are very few studies on the possible therapeutic application of yoga in the years following the menopause...so this very recent randomised controlled trial aimed to address that by investigating the psycho-physiological effects of a regular Hatha yoga practice in post-menopausal women.

Eighty-eight post-menopausal women took part in this twelve week trial and were assigned to one of three groups: control (no intervention); exercise; or yoga. Measures taken included the Menopause Rating Scale, stress, quality of life, depression and state and trait anxiety. Physiological changes were evaluated through the measurement of hormone levels.

Excitingly, participants in the yoga group showed statistically lower scores for menopausal symptoms, stress levels and depression symptoms, as well as significantly higher scores in quality of life when compared to control and exercise groups. The yoga and exercise groups also showed decreased levels of FSH and LH hormones when compared to control group. We hope you will agree that these are very encouraging findings indeed! :) !

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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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