Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

Well, Yes, yoga may help control some of your anxiety and depression symptoms.

It is widely accepted that exercise, proper nutrition and breathing techniques are integral pieces to helping people manage anxiety and depression symptoms.

Yoga encourages focus between mind and body as well as breathing through the use of various poses.  This combination provides a low-impact means of exercise for both the mind and body.

Below are excerpts from a couple of scholarly sources which discuss research findings relative to yoga’s use in managing anxiety and depression symptoms:

Harvard University

In an article published in the April 2009 Harvard Mental Health Newsletter, it states, “studies suggest that this practice (yoga) modulates the stress response.” It goes on to summarize a 2005 German study where a 90-day controlled test¬† revealed that “depression scores improved by 50%, anxiety scores by 30%, and overall well-being scores by 65%. Initial complaints of headaches, back pain, and poor sleep quality also resolved much more often in the yoga group than in the control group.”

Click here for the full article – Harvard Mental Health Article

Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

Found through the the National Institute of Health (NIH) library, a study by researchers at University of California, Moscow Research Center for Narcology and University of Bologna, revealed “significant immediate changes seen in mood after each class” and an increase in “happy” over the course of the study.

Click here for the full study results – Yoga as a Complementary Treatment of Depression: Effects of Traits and Moods on Treatment Outcome