Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Superiority of Yoga over Physical Activity

According to researchers from India report, Yoga is trusted to reduce hot flashes and night sweats among women going through menopause. Moreover, it also appears to sharpen their mental function.

The method to investigate whether yoga would help women with physical and cognitive symptoms of menopause was by randomly assigned 120 menopausal women, 40 to 55 years old, to yoga practice or simple strengthening and stretching exercises five days a week for eight weeks.

According to the researchers, the postures, breathing and meditation that included in the yoga intervention were goaled at one common impact, for an example, to develop mastery over modifications of the mind through slowing down the rate of flow of thoughts in the mind.

In the yoga group, women also listened to lectures on using yoga to control and manage stress and other yoga-related topics, while those in the control group heard lectures on diet, exercise, stress, and the physiology of menopause.

Dr. R. Chattha, of the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India, and colleagues found that after eight weeks, women in the yoga group showed a significant reduction in night sweats, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances, while the women in the control group did not.

Both groups showed improvements in a test of concentration and attention, although improvement in the yoga group was significantly greater. In a test of intelligence and memory with 10 components, the yoga group improved on eight, while the control group improved on six. Amazingly, improvements were significantly greater in the yoga group than in the control group on seven of the subtests.

The researchers suggest that the currently study shows the superiority of yoga over physical activity in improving the cognitive functions that could be attributed to emphasis on correctness in breathing, synchronizing breathing with body movements, relaxation and mindful rest.

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