Yoga Benefits Cancer Survivors

Research shows that yoga can improve sleep and quality of life for yoga survivors.

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A regular yoga practice has been shown to help cancer survivors get a better night's sleep and enjoy a better quality of life. In the piece of research conducted in New York cited by the Telegraph below, researchers from the University of Rochester studied 245 women who had been treated for breast cancer, with an average age of 54. work. These women were split into two groups with one group (123 women) attending a specially designed course of YOCAS – yoga for cancer survivors – with a qualified instructor, while the others did no yoga at all.

After just four short weeks, yoga participants saw their quality of life score improve by an average of 44 percent! They also reported better sleep and less fatigue. These are certainly not results to be quibbled at. Professor Arnie Purushotham, from Cancer Research UK, said: “These encouraging results show that breathing exercises, improved posture and meditation based on mindfulness improved quality of life in breast cancer survivors. This may be because of improved sleep and less fatigue which can badly affect people who have been diagnosed and treated for cancer. While we need to fully understand how this program benefits patients it could be considered as part of a treatment plan.”

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