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A study at West Virginia University found mindfulness training exercises such as yoga, controlled breathing, meditation, and tai chi can help people handle stressful situations, according to an article on CNN.com.
The study followed 103 participants, half of which were given written instructions on how to manage stress while the other half practiced mindfulness techniques. Lead investigator Kimberly Williams said they found those who received the mindfulness training “had significantly less daily hassles, psychological distress and significantly fewer medical symptoms” —like lower blood pressure and fewer aches and pains—than those who were handed a pamphlet.
The story doesn’t say what was written on that pamphlet, but I think most yoga practitioners agree that yoga, pranayama, and meditation help manage stress. Do you agree?