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Patricia Walden

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Patricia Walden is a Iyengar yoga teacher she studied under B.K.S. Iyengar for over 25 years. Patricia Walden takes special interest in yoga for women and yoga for depression. Yoga Journal named her one of “25 American Yoga Originals who are shaping yoga today”. She has also featured in Time magazine. She is the co-founding The BKS Iyengar Yoga Studio in Somerville, MA. Patricia opened the B.K.S. Iyengar Yogamala of Cambridge, her yoga center without walls dedicated to the work and teachings of Sri BKS Iyengar.

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I think many women feel fragmented in their lives because they are so busy and they’re pulled in so many different directions. I think if they could make a commitment to themselves to go to yoga class once a week, to learn how to practice, to learn how to do pranayama or to learn how to do meditation. Then if they were to commit to doing ten minutes of asana a day, even just that small amount can change things around and they start perceiving their lives differently. So a small amount done every day, day after day can go a long way, it can make a huge, huge difference.

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Mesothelioma and Yoga by Terri Baker

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Yoga is an ancient mind-body exercise that can have transformative powers. It can calm the mind and reduce pain and anxiety, and this is why it has become such a positive alternative therapy for those suffering from cancer. There have been a number of studies that have shown yoga’s benefits.  In one example, a group of patients that did yoga exercises reported having fewer negative symptoms than a group that did not, and those patients continued to reap the positive rewards three months later. In another study, 63 percent of patients who had taken up yoga felt that it had a positive impact.
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Specialized Yoga Program Could Help Women with Urinary Incontinence By Elizabeth Fernandez

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An ancient form of meditation and exercise could help women who suffer from urinary incontinence, according to a new study from UC San Francisco.

In a study scheduled to be published on April 25, 2014 in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society, UCSF researchers discovered that a yoga training program, designed to improve pelvic health, can help women gain more control over their urination and avoid accidental urine leakage.

“Yoga is often directed at mindful awareness, increasing relaxation, and relieving anxiety and stress,” said first author Alison Huang, MD, assistant professor in the UCSF School of Medicine. “For these reasons, yoga has been directed at a variety of other conditions – metabolic syndrome or pain syndromes – but there's also a reason to think that it could help for incontinence as well.”

Huang and her colleagues recruited 20 women from the Bay Area who were 40 years and older and who suffered from urinary incontinence on a daily basis. Half were randomly assigned to take part in a six-week yoga therapy program and the other half were not. The women who took part in the yoga program experienced an overall 70 percent improvement – or reduction – in the frequency of their urine leakage compared to the baseline. The control group – or the group that did not start yoga therapy – only had 13 percent improvement.  Most of the observed improvement in incontinence was in stress incontinence, or urine leakage brought on by activities that increase abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, and bending over.

Huang and her colleagues believe that yoga can improve urinary incontinence through more than one mechanism.  Because incontinence is associated with anxiety and depression, women suffering from incontinence may benefit from yoga’s emphasis on mindful meditation and relaxation.  But regular practice of yoga may also help women strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor that support the bladder and protect against incontinence.

“We thought this would be a good opportunity for women to use yoga to become more aware of and have more control over their pelvic floor muscles,” Huang said.

Approximately 25 million adults in America suffer from some form of urinary incontinence, according to the National Association for Continence. Up to 80 percent of them are women. Urinary incontinence becomes more common as women age, although many younger women also suffer from it.

“We specifically developed a yoga therapy program that would be safe for older women, including women with minor mobility limitations,” Huang said. “So we were partially assessing safety of this program for older women who are at highest risk for having incontinence in the first place.”

Not all types of yoga may help with urinary incontinence. The yoga program used in the study was specially designed with input from yoga consultants Leslie Howard and Judith Hanson Lasater, who have experience teaching women to practice yoga in ways that will improve their pelvic health.  Still Huang and her colleagues believe that many women in the community can be taught to preserve pelvic muscle strength and prevent incontinence.

“It would be a way for women to gain more control over their pelvic floor muscles without having to go through traditional costly and time-intensive rehabilitation therapy,” Huang said.

Men were not included in this study because urinary incontinence in men is often related to problems related to the prostate, which may be less likely to improve with yoga. Huang and her colleagues hope to eventually build on this study and double the length of the study to 12 weeks.

Huang is the first author of the paper. The senior author is Leslee L. Subak, MD, a professor at UCSF’s School of Medicine. Co-authors include Margaret A. Chesney, PhD, director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; Hillary E. Jenny, BS, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai; and Michael Schembri, BS, of the UCSF School of Medicine.

This study was supported by a UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Pilot Award from Mt. Zion Health Fund. Huang also is supported by a Paul Beeson Career Development Award (1K23AG038335) from the National Institute on Aging and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). Jenny also is also supported by a Medical Student Training in Aging Research grant from AFAR. Subak also is supported by grant #5K24DK080775 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic biomedical, translational and population sciences, as well as a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

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