A study just published in the journal Psycho-Oncology, researchers concluded that yoga resulted in a 50% reduction in depression and a 12% increase in feelings of peace and meaning in women with breast cancer.
In the randomized study of 44 women with breast cancer, those who did yoga found to have improvements in mental health including depression, positive emotions, and spirituality (defined as feeling calm and peaceful). In fact, the scientists found that women who started the yoga classes with higher negative emotions and lower emotional well-being experienced the most benefits from the Restorative Yoga class. In addition, the women demonstrated a significant improvement in fatigue symptoms.
Suzanne Danhauer, PhD, headed the Wake Forest University School of Medicine research team and says "Given the high levels of stress and distress that many women with breast cancer experience, the opportunity to experience feeling more peaceful and calm in the midst of breast cancer is a significant benefit."
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