And the inflammation-lowering effects might be due to its ability to improve sleep, noted researchers from Ohio State University.
“We were really surprised by the data because some more recent studies on exercise have suggested that exercise interventions may not necessarily lower inflammation unless people are substantially overweight or have metabolic problems,” study researcher Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the university, said in a statement. “In this group, the women didn’t lose weight, but we saw really marked reductions in inflammation. So this was a particularly striking finding biologically.”
The Journal of Clinical Oncology study included 200 breast cancer survivors, who had varying stages of cancer, between ages 27 and 76. They were randomly assigned to receive 90-minute hatha yoga classes twice a week for 12 weeks, or to be on a “wait list” for the yoga classes (the control group). All of the people in the study received their last surgical or radiation treatment two months to three years prior to starting the study. Continue reading >> HuffPost