Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Yoga for cancer patients and their caregivers

Sweet article from the Washington Post</a> on how yoga helps caregivers, especially, find some relaxation.

“It’s not infrequent for caregivers to die before the person they’re caring for,” says Helen Lavretsky, a geriatric psychiatrist at UCLA, who recently released the results of a pilot study on the effect of yoga on caregivers. The 39 participants were caring for family members with dementia — not cancer — but the stats are still stunning. Just 20 minutes of a home yoga practice every day for eight weeks significantly reduced their stress levels and improved their quality of life and cognitive abilities.

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