Yoga And Meditation Help Reduce Chemo Brain

Yoga and Meditation

According to a recent study by the University of Indiana, participation in mindfulness-based stress reduction practices such as yoga and meditation have shown an improvement in cancer-related cognitive impairment, a common and potentially debilitating condition that affects attention, memory and executive function in cancer survivors – otherwise known as ‘chemo brain’.

Mindfulness training is thought to improve cognitive functioning through mechanisms of focused attention and non-reactive coping with one’s internal experiences, such as thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations.

In the program conducted by the Regenstrief Institute and the University of Indiana, participants reported significantly greater improvement in the ability to pay attention, and made fewer mistakes on difficult cognitive tasks (compared to those in the control group). Both groups attended eight weeks of two-hour classes such as yoga and meditation.

Yoga and meditation classes are widely available in most communities.

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