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Yoga PI: Dosage & Administration

Medications for depression & anxiety are taken daily for about 2 weeks to see improvement in symptoms and 6 weeks for maximum effect. If you are practicing yoga for mental health, the benefits of yoga can be seen early on but can take time to achieve the full benefits. In a perfect world yoga would be dosed daily, much like an antidepressant. In the real world, daily practice can be challenging. A panel of experts got together to set recommendations on yoga.

Medications for depression & anxiety are taken daily for about 2 weeks to see improvement in symptoms and 6 weeks for maximum effect. If you are practicing yoga for mental health, the benefits of yoga can be seen early on but can take time to achieve the full benefits. In a perfect world yoga would be dosed daily, much like an antidepressant. In the real world, daily practice can be challenging. A panel of experts got together to set recommendations on yoga.

Guidelines recommend a minimum dosage of yoga practice for depression & anxiety: 15 minutes of yoga practice for at least 4 times per week.

To maximize the benefits of yoga: Titrate practice up to an average of 30-40 minutes of yoga practice 5-6 times per week for a minimum period of 6 weeks maximize the benefits of yoga.


RESOURCES

DeManincor M et al. Establishing key components of yoga interventions for reducing depression & anxiety, and improving well-being: a Delphi method study. BMC Comp & Alt Medicine

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