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ASU studying effects of yoga on mothers with stillborn children

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PHOENIX — Online yoga courses could be key to helping women who gave birth to a stillborn child.

A new Arizona State University study is looking at how yoga affects women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a stillbirth.

One of the researchers is Jennifer Huberty, an associate professor at ASU, whose own daughter was stillborn. Huberty went to grief counseling after her stillbirth, but it didn’t help her overcome the tragedy.

She finally found peace and felt free by attending yoga classes.

“It helps to let go of all the fears of things that could happen in the future and all the sadness of things that have happened in the past,” she said.

ASU is partnering with Udaya in the study. The online yoga company has over 500 streaming classes on its website.

As part of the study, women will be asked to watch and workout to online yoga videos for a minimum of 60 minutes a week. Huberty thinks women will respond positively to taking the classes in the comfort of their own home.

“They’re not a on a yoga schedule at a yoga studio,” she said. “They could do 10-minute increments three times a day if they can’t do it all at once.”

Huberty hopes, one day, doctors will tell women that yoga is be a great option when it comes to stillbirth aftercare.

ASU is offering a discount for anyone who wants to try out Udaya’s online yoga platform. Use the code ASUxUDAYA to subscribe for $9 a month.

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