Yoga Aids Diabetics 2008
The Journal of Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reports that new Swedish and Indian studies show that Yoga Science can reverse high blood pressure, obesity, and high blood sugar. In the study triglycerides were significantly lower and “good” HDL cholesterol levels were higher in the Yoga group as compared to a control grouphttp://www.americanmeditation.org/MindBodyMedicine/ClinicalStudies_Yoga.aspx
Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief 2008
A recent pilot study in the Arab Emirates revealed that as little as 12 sessions of meditation and hatha yoga significantly improved the conditions of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Out of a total of 47 patients enrolled in the study, 26 undertook Yoga sessions, while a control group of 21 remained on regular treatment. Some patients in the yoga group were able to decrease or discontinue RA medications. The study was funded by the Emirates Arthritis Foundation.
Reducing Anxiety and Depression 2007
Researchers from the Boston University Medical School have found that a regular yoga practice may increase levels of certain brain substances, low levels of which are linked to depression and anxiety. Currently, pharmaceutical treatment of mood disorders elevates the level of neurotransmitters called gamma-aminobutyric (GABA). The new findings, appearing in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, suggest that Yoga Science be explored as a possible treatment for depression and anxiety disorders associated with low GABA levels.
Yoga for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Yoga improves the body’s strength and flexibility which may help control blood pressure, respiration, and heart and metabolic rates. The change of one’s lifestyle to Yoga Lifestyle which includes a vegetarian diet and a no tobacco lifestyle also makes the progression of CAD slower or make severe CAD patients recover faster. Yoga also helps you cope with stress and Anxiety which are also common causes of CAD. Yoga practice gives you a deeper knowledge of yourself which often lead to a healthy lifestyle and the elimination of the modifiable risk factors for CAD.
Yoga Prevents Bullying in School
There are various after school yoga programs available for children of all ages. One long term
program in Los Angeles, California entitled “Y.O.G.A. for Youth” teaches yoga and meditation
to preschool through high school age children. After 9 years of follow up, this group declared
that every year 85% of their 125 participants report that yoga helps them, “relax, sleep better,
control their tempers more easily, concentrate for longer periods of time on their school work,
and feel better about themselves as individuals.”
Yoga Could Help Teens Ward Off Anxiety, Study Shows
Researchers found that teens who did yoga scored higher on some of the psychological tests, while the teens who didn’t do yoga scored worse on some of the tests. For example, teens who did not do yoga during their PE classes scored higher for mood problems or anxiety, while those who did do yoga scored lower on these tests, or their scores remained the same from the beginning of the study period.