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yoga & mental health

Hatha yoga had positive effects on mental health & well-being in sedentary adults.

(Taspinar 2014). 

  • Yoga improved the dimensions fatigue, self-esteem & quality of life (QoL).
  • Exercise improved body image.
  • Yoga & exercise reduced depression symptoms. 

Other studies show:

….findings suggest yoga effectively reduces distress, improves related psychological & physical outcomes (Michelson 2010)

3 months of yoga, participants demonstrated significant improvements:

  • perceived stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • psychological quality of life (QoL)
  • mood & body image.
  • dose effects were seen in patients with back pain, anxiety & depression.

4307 randomly selected yogis completing a survey found a home-based yoga practice predicted health better than years of practice or class frequency; and different physical poses & yoga techniques may provide unique health benefits. (Ross 2010)

Beginner yogi’s who participated in a 6-week yoga program that incorporated breathing techniques, yoga postures, guided relaxation & meditation showed lower average levels of symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress(Campbell 2004)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Jensen P.S. et al. The effects of yoga on the attention and behavior of boys with ADHD. J Atten Disord. 2004;7(4):205–216.
  • Cramer H. et al. Yoga for schizophrenia: a systematic review & meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2013;13:32
  • Duraiswamy G. et al. Yoga therapy as an add-on treatment in the management of patients with schizophrenia—a RCT. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2007;116(3):226–232
  • Ikai S. et al. Effects of yoga therapy on postural stability in patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: a single-blind RCT. J Psychiatr Res. 2013;47(11):1744–1750
  • Visceglia E, Lewis S. Yoga therapy as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia: a pilot RCT. J Alters Complement Med. 2011;17(7):601–607

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