Our practitioners are often looking into making personal changes, particularly when it comes to modifying a lifestyle to accommodate illness. The regimen can help soothe the aches and pains of some serious conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and even the lingering effects of cancer. As WRBL News 3 recently reported, yoga is becoming an increasingly popular complementary therapy for cancer survivors.
Yoga instructor Judy Barnett teaches classes to survivors in Columbus, Georgia. She told the news source that the benefits of holistic healing are in the head and the body.
"Mentally, we do a lot of breathing exercises, we do meditation practices and all those things are wonderful, a stress relief," Barnett explained. "[When] you find out you have cancer, you're usually very anxious, and most people don't use their breathing to control their anxiety."
The news channel noted that more and more Georgia yoga classes are offering instruction to patients who have overcome carcinomas.
Such interventions certainly have the research to back them up. Study after study has shown that yoga and meditation can help survivors reduce their anxiety, increase their range of motion, improve quality of life and soothe aches and pains.