The Society for Integrative Oncology recently released guidelines on the most effective natural adjunct therapies for breast cancer patients. Meditation got top marks for easing depression and improving quality of life during and after treatment. Yoga helped relieve depression and might improve sleep and ease anxiety. (source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs, November 2014).
Herbert Benson has researched and written extensively on the positive effects of meditation in his books “The Relaxation Response” and “The Wellness Book”. Meditation has a calming effect on the nervous system, thus eliciting the relaxation response in your body and mind and undoing the negative effects of stress on both. I’ve posted several articles on the effects of yoga that you will find under “Yoga and Wellbeing” and “Yoga for Military, Veterans, First Responders and PTSD.”
If you’d like to know more about any aspect of meditation or yoga you’re welcome to get in touch with me at Lynda@LyndaPedley.com.