Yoga is very popular here in Syracuse. Mayo Clinic has written that Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. With Yoga physical and mental disciplines are brought together to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Many people from the Syracuse region enjoy learning Yoga at the Upstate Yoga Institute located at 1308 Meadowbrook Dr, Syracuse, NY 13224(315) 445-4894.
ScienceDaily has reported “Yoga Boosts Stress-Busting Hormone, Reduces Pain, Study Finds”. Researchers have discovered that yoga reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women suffering from fibromyalgia. The effects of yoga on cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia have been studied for the first time by these researchers. Fibromyalgia primarily affects women, and is characterized by chronic pain and fatigue.
It has been found in previous studies that women with fibromyalgia have lower-than-average cortisol levels. This contributes to pain, fatigue and stress sensitivity. In this study participants’ saliva revealed there were elevated levels of total cortisol following a program of 75 minutes of hatha yoga twice weekly over the course of eight weeks.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone which is produced and released by the adrenal gland and which functions as a component of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in response to stress. Kathryn Curtis, the studies lead author and a PhD student in Psychology at York University has said “Hatha yoga promotes physical relaxation by decreasing activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which lowers heart rate and increases breath volume. We believe this in turn has a positive effect on the HPA axis.”
The participants in this study reported significant reductions in pain and associated symptoms, as well as psychological benefits, from the yoga. It has been reported the participants “felt less helpless, were more accepting of their condition, and were less likely to “catastrophize” over current or future symptoms.”
Curtis has said “We saw their levels of mindfulness increase — they were better able to detach from their psychological experience of pain.” Mindfulness is a form of active mental awareness which is rooted in Buddhist traditions and which is achieved by paying total attention to the present moment with a non-judgmental awareness of inner and outer experiences. This study has been published in the Journal of Pain Research.
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