Arizona University Studying Yoga’s Healing Effects

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Monday, June 20th, 2016

An Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe health researcher is reportedly studying how online yoga can help people faced with grief of stillbirth or rare blood cancer symptoms.

Dr. Jennifer Huberty, an associate professor at the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion in the College of Health Solutions, and her team at ASU will reportedly receive a grant of about half-a-million dollars from US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for investigating yoga’s effects on symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after stillbirth.

Participants access online yoga sessions through a site which offers a collection of over 400 classes, health-wellness challenges and fitness programs; reports indicate.

An additional about $2.5 million grant will reportedly be sought from NIH by ASU in the next year in partnership with Mayo, for examining yoga’s effects on symptom burden in patients of Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN), which is a kind of rare blood cancer. It would reportedly explore the online-streaming-yoga’s efficacy in reducing fatigue and improving the quality of life.

There was a significant improvement in depressive symptoms, anxiety, sleep and symptom burden in a feasibility study ASU recently conducted over a 12-week period with 30 MPN patients, reports claim.

Meanwhile, Hindus announced it have welcomed ASU efforts to explore yoga’s healing effects.


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