Yoga Improves Mental Health of Elderly Women in a Hospice

We are pleased to share a new study with you this morning which aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga on the mental health status of elderly women residing in a hospice.

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Feb 16, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28149064

We are pleased to share a new study with you this morning which aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga on the mental health status of elderly women residing in a hospice.

Forty elderly women were randomly divided into yoga and wait-listed control group. A yoga therapy program of 60 min was given twice a week for 12 weeks. This protocol was specially designed for senior citizens, keeping in mind their health status and physical limitations that included simple warm-up and breath-body movement coordination practices (jathis and kriyas), static stretching postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayamas), and relaxation. Hamilton anxiety scale for measuring anxiety, Hamilton rating scale for depression, and Rosenberg self-esteem scale to measure self-esteem were administered to both groups before and after the 12-week study period.

Overall, results showed improvements in all three parameters: anxiety, depression and self-esteem. Researchers concluded that yoga should be a part of health-care facilities for elderly as it can enhance the quality of life by improving their overall mental health status. It could also provide a healthy and positive alternative from depressing negative thoughts, and give them a sense of purpose and hope.

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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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