New research has determined that Yoga can help survivors of natural disasters. C. Vidyashankar, MD of Reuters reports:Yippee! Yoga news.
A 1-week yoga program reduced stress and anxiety among survivors of the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean islands of Andaman and Nicobar in December 2004, researchers from India report.Cool! Hey, if you find news about your favorite exercise, write about it, email me, and I just might make you a guest blogger!
Dr. Shirley Telles and her team from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore conducted a stress management program for the survivors a month after the tsunami occurred. Forty-seven adults, of different cultural backgrounds, were enrolled in an 8-day intensive "Vivekananda yoga" program consisting of loosening exercises, physical postures, regulated breathing and guided relaxation for 1 hour every day.
Self assessment of symptoms and measurements of heart rate and respiratory rate were carried out before and after the program.