Recent research has discovered that Hatha yoga helps alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Kathryn Curtis, of York University in Canada, studied the effects of yoga on women suffering from fibromyalgia. During this study, the levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to feelings of restedness, were measured in women doing 75 minutes of Hatha yoga per week. Researchers found that cortisol levels increased in women following this program for eight weeks. This led to increased alertness and mindfulness. Participants also indicated that they felt less pain and the associated symptoms from that chronic pain.
Hatha yoga utilizes breath awareness and meditation, among other techniques, to create a relaxing, balancing experience for the practitioner. If you are a fibromyalgia patient looking to try Hatha yoga, we recommend the Hatha Yoga Blend class offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 pm. Check the most recent class schedule for information and offers.