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Exploring The Benefits of Yoga Therapy

Exploring The Benefits of Yoga Therapy

Researchers worldwide have begun to study the ways in which yoga therapy might benefit people who have been diagnosed with one mental health issue in particular: schizophrenia. Such a diagnosis does not mean a person cannot live a normal, fulfilling life. But overcoming the symptoms and challenges associated with the condition can be difficult. One thing that many people with schizophrenia struggle with is the ability to accurately read emotions in others based on facial expression. This is known as facial emotion recognition deficit (FERD), and it can make it difficult for individuals to find a place in social and workplace environments.

 

September 22nd, 2010 

Researchers worldwide have begun to study the ways in which yoga therapy might benefit people who have been diagnosed with one mental health issue in particular: schizophrenia. Such a diagnosis does not mean a person cannot live a normal, fulfilling life. But overcoming the symptoms and challenges associated with the condition can be difficult. One thing that many people with schizophrenia struggle with is the ability to accurately read emotions in others based on facial expression. This is known as facial emotion recognition deficit (FERD), and it can make it difficult for individuals to find a place in social and workplace environments.

A new study from the National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India, looked specifically at yoga’s impact on FERD. Stable individuals diagnosed as schizophrenic spent three months practicing yoga, exercising, or placed on a waiting list (a control group). After two months, FERD and other emotional recognition challenges was markedly improved, with the most drastic improvements found in the group that participated in yoga therapy. The researchers hope that integrating yoga therapy into comprehensive treatment plans for people diagnosed with schizophrenia can help these individuals to lead even more stable and well-adjusted social and professional lives.

Outside of schizophrenia, yoga has been used in conjunction with therapy to help people struggling with everything from depression and anxiety to migraines and epilepsy. Yoga helps individuals to remain focused, calm, and mindful by developing physical strength relaxation skills, patience, centering, and breathing practices. By connecting mind and body, its benefits extend well beyond the mental health community to anyone interested in leading a centered, balanced life. It has even been shown to help kids improve IQ and focus during school, and appears to be promising as an alternative or complement to the pharmaceutical interventions often prescribed to children with behavioral or attention issues.

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