YOGA AND HEALTHY EATING MAY LENGTHEN LIFESPAN PW5
A new pilot study, published in the Lancet Oncology journal showed that eating fruits and vegetables and practising yoga could prolong life. Researchers from the University of California studied men with low-risk prostate ICuU cancer, with a control group instructed to eat whole foods. go for walks, do yoga and attend a support group. The study uncovered that the telomeres (proteins that protect the ends of chromosomes and affect anti ageing) of the men who adopted the healthy habits, lengthened about 10 percent over five years, while the telomeres of the men who made no changes became shorter.
JUNK FOOD AT AN EARLY AGE RISKS KIDS’ MENTAL HEALTH A
A large study by researchers at Deakin University in Melbourne, showed that higher intakes of junk food by mothers during pregnancy were linked to higher levels of behavioural and emotional problems including anxiety and depression in very young children. Published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the research also states that both an increased intake of unhealthy food WK and, independently, reduced consumption of healthy, nutri- ! ent-dense food by children during the first years of life were also linked to increased levels of these problems.
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CHINESE OLYMPIANS LEARN YOGA FROM IYENGAR
A team of Olympians and international athletes from China, have been in Pune, India to train directly with yoga guru BKS Iyengar to focus on the role of yoga in the prevention of sports injuries. Chen Si, who organised 2011’s first China- India Yoga Summit said. “The pressure on sportspersons to excel in China is immensely high since the country is very seriously focusingSB on Olympics. That’s why sports injuries are also very common and a lot of research is being done on how to effectively deal with them. Yoga is a concept that is catching up in China and the delegation decided to come to BKS Iyengar in Pune to understand how yoga could help our athletes.
IS THIS FORMER SPY AND CRICKETER THE UK’S OLDEST YOGA STUDENT?
Super-fit centenarian Eileen Ash, who was born the same year the Titanic sank in 1912, helps keep in shape by weekly yoga sessions. I always go to yoga on Tuesday mornings. I started yoga when I was playing golf and a friend of mine suggested it. I went and fell in love with it. It didn’t improve my golf though.” Eileen’s rich, colourful history includes playing Test cricket for England and working for the intelligence agency MI6.
12 WEEKS OF YOGA FOUND TO INCREASE LEVELS OF DESIRE
New research by scientists at Suwon Catholic University, in South Korea, studied over 40 women, who due to their excessive weight had lost their sexuality and desire for an intimate relationship. The women aged between 30 and 60 all suffered with metabolic syndrome – a condition which causes a collection of symptoms including being overweight, having high blood pressure and raised cholesterol. The results, published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, showed a significant improvement in the women who completed the yoga course but little or no change in the other group. The study also found blood pressure dropped significantly in the yoga group. The researchers said, These findings suggest yoga may be an effective treatment for sexual dysfunction in women with metabolic syndrome.
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