Does Yoga Control Menopause?
If you're looking to lessen the night sweats and hot flashes, yoga may be your saving grace.
In a recent study of 249 women of average age 54, the participants completed 12 weekly 90-minute sessions of yoga which included breathing exercises, 11 to 13 poses, and deep relaxation with a meditation called Yoga Nidra.
Another group was to participate in usual activities.
Afterwards, hot flashes and night sweats declined from 7.4 per day to 4.6.
Interestingly, the group which partook in usual activities' also experienced a decline from eight per day to 5.4.
Depression and anxiety, as well as severity of hot flashes and night sweats, remained unchanged.
The verdict? While yoga may be a saving grace to some, it isn't exceptionally noteworthy in comparison to regular activity with regards to menopausal symptoms.
Are you a practicer of yoga? How do you feel it affects your body?