A Summer Flash

Paloma Chavez

SVYASA Class“Is it hot in here, or is it just me?” For many women living through the side effects of menopause, this is a frequent question. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Night sweats, disturbed sleep patterns, and weight gain can also unbalance the body and spirit of a woman during this natural transition in her life.

Recently, a study on menopausal women was conducted at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore. 120 women between the ages of 40 to 55 years of age – all with some level of menopause – were selected to participate in the study for five days a week within an eight-week period.

Dr. R Chattha of the center divided the women into two groups. The first group was required to take part in yoga practice, while the second group was assigned to simple stretching and strengthening exercises. The women in the yoga group were also required to attend lectures about the benefits of yoga for stress, nutrition, and exercise in order to gain a better understanding of menopause.

At the end of the study, it was observed that, although both groups showed improvements in attention and concentration spans, the improvement in the yoga group was significantly higher. Researchers of the study came to the conclusion that “The present study shows the superiority of yoga over physical activity in improving the cognitive functions that could be attributed to emphasis on correctness in breathing.

Check out The Times of India article for more information on this study and the benefits that yoga has on menopause.

[tags]yoga and menopause, a study of menopause, improve attention, women 40 to 55[/tags]

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