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Study: Yoga beneficial for cancer patients

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We all know yoga is good for us physically, but we now have the first major clinical study to back that up. The largest scientific study of its kind shows there are some pretty major medical benefits to yoga, especially for some patients dealing with cancer.

Dale Przyojski swears by yoga's healing qualities.

"When I walk out, it's just amazing all. The aches, the pain are gone. I'm ready to go ahead," she says.

And she's had a lot of physical pain to overcome. Dale is recovering from two bouts with breast cancer in just two years.

She is now cancer free and credits some of her progress to practicing yoga.

"It allowed me to try and find some peace in such chaos," she says.

Now, Dale and other cancer patients have solid scientific proof to back up their feelings.

Researchers at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center followed breast cancer patients through follow-up yoga treatment and found it reduced fatigue by almost 60 percent and inflammation by up to 20 percent.

"Simply lining up, physically, creates health," says teacher Kathie Jaskolski. She says yoga breathing techniques help tap into our parasympathetic nervous system, "the system that calms us, relaxes us and is healing."

Jaskolski says, all too often, we spend the entire day in our sympathetic nervous system, or what we know as fight or flight, a very stressful state

"We let the deadline at work, or the kids' school play or being stuck in a traffic jam, they all become this major thing with fight-or-flight all the time," says Jaskolski.

Breathing, instead of fighting. Grounding in movement, rather than flight. It's a 5,000 year old practice that is gaining critical credible science, conforming what patients like Dale have known all along.

Even though this most recent study was done with breast cancer patients, the researchers say it applies to all cancer patients. Another significant finding was that longer the patients did the yoga, the stronger the beneficial effects.

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