Yoga put to the test again, this time in breast cancer


A grant given to the University of Texas will study Tibetan yoga in breast cancer to help manage quality of life that results from the disease and treatment.

Tibetan yoga hasn’t received a lot of attention compared to more popular forms in the West, such as Ashtanga and the various vinyasa-based yogas, but it is a little more introspective and meditative than what we’re used to. Of course, yoga is designed to enhance self-awareness, especially of one’s mind but of one’s body as well (which is what makes it different from other forms of exercise). This study is interesting because it studies how well yoga interacts with modern forms of treatment and how it can mitigate the deliterious effects of chemotherapy, which is designed to be toxic. (Hopefully selectively toxic to cancer cells, but usually not so selective.)

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