Breast cancer patients currently going through chemotherapy might want to give Tibetan yoga a go, as new research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has found that it can help you sleep better.
Sleep disturbances, insomnia, excessive drowsiness and poor sleep quality are some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. But the study found that Tibetan yoga – which keeps you in continuous movement instead of stationary positions – helps people to sleep better, the Daily Mail reports.
The study authors now hope that these findings can help prepare women with breast cancer diagnoses to face chemotherapy – and they want doctors to now recommend this practice to their patients.
Dr Lorenzo Cohen explained that Tibetan yoga was picked for the research because the practice is so gentle, with patients sat down throughout their yoga sessions.
“Physicians need to encourage patients to engage in mind-body practices. While the effects of this intervention were modest, it is encouraging to see that the women who practiced yoga outside of class had improved sleep outcomes over time,” he went on to say.
If you want to get started with your yoga practice, look into the Five Tibetan Rites, also often referred to as the Fountain of Youth, so-called because it strengthens and stretches all the primary muscles in your body, and can also help with balance.
The first Rite involves standing with arms outstretched and palms facing the floor. Keep your arms in line with your shoulders and your feet hip distance apart. Lift the crown of your head towards the ceiling, then spin around clockwise until you feel a bit dizzy. Gradually increase the number of spins from two up to 21 – but do this over time, not all at once!
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