More on yoga and menopause

There were benefits reported in this study from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India.

First, the details.

  • 120 perimenopausal women were randomly assigned yoga or a control group.
  • The yoga group practiced a module comprising breathing practices, sun salutation, and cyclic meditation.
  • The control group practiced a set of simple supervised physical exercises.
  • The routine was 1 hour/day, 5 days/week for 8 weeks.
  • A battery of test were used to assess outcomes.

And, the results.

  • There was a significant reduction in hot flushes, night sweats, and sleep disturbance in yoga group.
  • But no significant difference in night sweats between groups.
  • There was improvement in cognitive functions such as remote memory, mental balance, attention and concentration, delayed and immediate recall, verbal retention and recognition tests.

The bottom line?
The results here show benefits when perimenopausal women practice yoga. Overall, other studies published since 2007 have been positive for participating in yoga during menopause.

5/28/08 21:52 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.