Research Indicates Yoga May Ease the Discomfort of RLS

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At Sunrise Yoga, we believe many health issues can be relieved through the practice of yoga. Under the “About Yoga” tab on the web site (, we discuss how yoga therapy applies the physical practice of yoga, often including meditation and breathing practice, to health conditions. These conditions range from shoulder and back pain and high blood pressure to fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and more. It doesn’t replace your current doctors, treatments, and medications. Instead, it works alongside them.

Recent news from a pilot study published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Alternative Medicine seems to indicate that yoga may also be beneficial for those who suffer from RLS . . . restless leg syndrome. This neurological disorder is identified by strong urges to move the legs, with symptoms worsening at night or during periods of rest.

To quote from an article published in YogaUOnline, “Some evidence of a dose-response relationship was found, with higher ratings of symptom relief being related to more minutes and greater frequency of daily practice.” Additionally, “These initial studies are encouraging as they suggest that consistent, gentle yoga practice may help to reduce symptoms and improve sleep quality, mood and perceived stress for women with RLS.” You can read the entire article at Yoga for RLS.

Even if you don’t suffer from RLS or other health conditions, yoga can be beneficial for improved sleep and relaxation. Let us know if you would like more information on adding yoga techniques to your routine.