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Feeling Stressed? Try Yoga!

As wonderful as the Holiday season can be, the shopping, cooking, travel and crowds can make it a pretty stressful time of year for many of us. 

Have no fear.  Researchers at the University of Karlstad, Sweden have determined that yoga breathing exercises can induce a feeling of well being.



    The study, published in the December 19th edition of the journal BioMed Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine evaluated over 100 adults split into two groups for six weeks.  



 The first group practiced Sudarshan Kriya, a type of yoga which involves cycles of slow normal and rapid breathing exercises, for one hour per day, six days per week.  The second group relaxed for 15 minutes each day by sitting in an armchair with their eyes closed.

During the study period, the participants in the yoga program had a decreased level of depression and anxiety and an increased degree of experienced optimism. They also experienced a decreased level of stress compared with the relaxation group.

 Source: BioMed Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2007 Dec19:7(1):43  Wellness through a comprehensive Yogic breathing program - A controlled pilot trial.  Authors: Kjellgren A, Bood SA, Axelsson K, Norlander T, Saatcioglu F.
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