It seems like practically every day sees a batch of new yoga and health articles published in the news, most of which are exceedingly positive. One new study in particular has set the standard for inspirational stories for women. It's about breast cancer, chemotherapy and the healing power of yoga.
Published in EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, the paper found that doing holistic exercises can help women overcome some of the side effects associated with chemotherapy.
In particular, the study noted that yoga seems to improve cognition in these patients – that is, it often boosts mood, sharpens neural firing and improves quality of life.
This is no small feat. After all, chemotherapy for breast cancer is notorious for causing nausea, hair loss, low appetite and a crushing, all-encompassing fatigue.
That may be why the American Cancer Society recommends that, once they've recovered sufficiently from a chemo regimen, patients begin getting a little soothing daily exercise – the kind yoga is tailor-made to provide.
In the new study, participants loved doing yoga. Many said that their quality of life got a boost from the "camaraderie of class participants, motivation to get out of bed and relief of stiffness due to toxicity of chemotherapy."