As any cancer survivor can attest, the side effects of many cancer treatments can often be overwhelming. Now, what may seem obvious to many yogis – that yoga can improve sleep and overall quality of life – has additional scientific back-up.
Dr. Karen Mustian of the University of Rochester Medical Center designed a standardized program based on hatha yoga and tested its effect on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors. Dr. Mustian performed a randomized, controlled clinical trial of 410 cancer survivors
Called YOCAS, the four-week program involved sessions of hatha and restorative yoga twice a week for 75 minutes each, in combination with breathing exercises and meditation. Among the 410 participants, who were divided into yoga and traditional follow-up care groups, those practicing yoga recorded nearly double the improvement in sleep quality and reduction of fatigue compared to those not practicing yoga. They also reported better quality of life overall, Mustian says. “And the yoga group had all of these benefits while reducing their use of sleep medication,” she says.
Continue reading this article: Study: Yoga Improves Quality of Life After Cancer – TIME.