Vinyasa Yoga can potentially improve the well-being of breast-cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest study on the impact of Vinyasa Yoga practice and its positive effects on patients’ stress levels, self-confidence, and sleep quality.
Research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has suggested that practicing Vinyasa yoga during the COVID-19 pandemic may have a beneficial effect on breast-cancer patients’ well-being. According to this research, practicing Vinyasa yoga for 12 weeks significantly reduced sleep problems and stress levels among female breast cancer patients. Furthermore, patients reported improvements to their general wellbeing as well as self-acceptance levels.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with breast cancer were forced to self-isolate, leading to detrimental effects on both mental and physical wellbeing. To combat this issue, researchers investigated potential benefits of Vinyasa yoga practice during this crisis.
The study was conducted online, with participants attending weekly meetings to practice 60-minute Vinyasa yoga sequences followed by 15 minutes of relaxation. Female breast-cancer patients completed pre- and post-intervention surveys to assess changes in stress perception, self-confidence, and sleep quality.
Forty-one female patients enrolled in the Vinyasa course, and 13 completed it successfully – attending all meetings and completing a post-intervention survey. Results revealed that participants experienced significant reductions in sleep problems and stress levels, contributing to greater overall well-being as well as self-acceptance.
Researchers concluded that dynamic forms of yoga combined with mindfulness techniques can be used to improve the wellbeing of breast-cancer patients. However, they recommended further studies be conducted in order to fully comprehend its complexity.
This study suggests Vinyasa yoga practice can have a beneficial effect on both mental and physical health of breast-cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical activity may be an effective way for cancer patients to enhance their well-being and reduce stress levels during times of self-isolation.
Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among women worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented breast-cancer patients with many challenges, such as disruptions to their medical care, social isolation and increased stress levels. These difficulties have highlighted how important it is to find alternative methods for supporting physical and emotional wellbeing during these trying times.
The study’s findings suggest Vinyasa yoga practice could be an effective complementary therapy for breast-cancer patients. This form of yoga is characterized by its dynamic movements and synchronization of breath with movement, making it ideal for cancer patients to improve physical fitness, reduce stress, and boost well-being.
Thus, further exploration into Vinyasa yoga as a therapeutic tool to support mental and physical wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is necessary to determine its potential benefits.
Source- Zok, A., Matecka, M., Zapala, J., Izycki, D., & Baum, E. (2023). The Effect of Vinyasa Yoga Practice on the Well-Being of Breast-Cancer Patients during COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(4), 3770.
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