The sick find yoga brings relief

Dec. 15, 2005 at 8:49 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- One new trend in yoga is classes aimed at people with specific diseases.

The New York Times reports people with Crohn's disease, AIDS, cancer and many other illnesses find physical and mental relief in a situation where the postures are tailored to their physical limitations.

Teresa Kennedy, who has Crohn's disease, was so impressed by the relief yoga gave her that she opened her own studio. Cynthia Mencher said yoga gave her the sense of "reinhabiting" her body after a series of operations for breast cancer.

Critics say yoga provides the same benefits of any stress-relieving exercise.

"It gives some people peace of mind or makes them feel better," said Dr. Robert Baratz, a dentist, doctor and president of the National Council Against Health Fraud. "But there's no medical or plausible mechanism by which it affects the disease process."

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