Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Another Reason to Get to Your Nearest Yoga Class

Most of us have heard that yoga is fabulous for cultivating a calm mind and a healthy body. Now, studies are revealing that yoga may be a one of the most valuable answers to our society's greatest health disasters.

A recent study in Channai, India has shown that a yoga practice is fantastic for treating metabolic syndrome, or syndrome x. It can actually reverse the clinical and biochemical changes associated with this aging syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is one of the biggest causes of premature aging, heart disease, and nearly every other disease that we could think of. It is a catch all phrase that describes symptoms such as high blood pressure, obesity, high triglycerides (bad cholesterol), high blood sugar, and fatigue. While these are health problems themselves, they can also lead to a variety of other serious health issues such as diabetes, heart attacks, and even cancer.

A study by Dr. R.P. Agrawal, of the SP Medical College, Bikaner, India, and colleagues, published in journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice evaluated the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation in 101 adults who showed symptoms of metabolic syndrome. In the study, 55 adults received three months of regular yoga including standard stress management yoga postures and a form of transcendental meditation daily. During that time they continued to receive their standard care.

The results show that yoga is anti aging and beneficial for treating metabolic syndrome. Waist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides were significantly lower, and "good" HDL cholesterol levels were higher in the yoga group as compared to controls.

Personally, I do yoga for stress release, but this research gives me further reason to jump out of bed and get to my 6:30 yoga class to do those postures (even when it is raining and cold outside).

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