Study: Yoga may ease symptoms of depression - WYFF Greenville


Weekly sessions of yoga may ease depressive symptoms in people with other mental health issues, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of existing research.

"Exercise has always been a great strategy for people struggling with these feelings as it boosts both mood and health.

But as gyms and exercise classes of all kinds are now closed," Brinsley said, "People are looking for alternatives, and this is where yoga can help."More yoga sessions helpedThe new analysis, published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, reviewed 19 randomized controlled clinical trials, considered one of the higher-quality methods of research, conducted in the United States, India, Japan, China, Germany and Sweden.

"The study's findings suggest that the more yoga you do, the better the effect.

Although we don't know the exact 'dose' you need, those who did more yoga sessions per week had greater reductions in depressive symptoms," said Laurie Hyland Robertson, the editor in chief of Yoga Therapy Today, a journal published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Because yoga was more effective as part of some diagnoses like schizophrenia and anxiety than others, such as PTSD, the results underscore "The importance of working with a professional who can tailor yoga practices to the individual, adapting the care plan as needed," said Robertson, who was not involved with the study.

Mixed study resultsPsychophysiological benefits of yoga have been studied since the early 1900s, finding the practice can reduce stress, regulate emotion, boost mood and instill a sense of well-being.

Studies have explored the benefits of yoga therapy for anxiety, depression and schizophrenia, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

An earlier 2013 study found more benefit for anxiety when interventions included at least 10 yoga sessions.

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