YOGA FOR Depression
About YOGA FOR DEPRESSION
Whether you’re experiencing a low mood, or have been diagnosed with clinical depression, clinical studies point towards yoga, meditation, pranayama and mindfulness as useful treatments for depression.
Stretching out your muscles can help relieve tension and balance your mood, and building physical strength can also build confidence in your ability to deal with whatever the world may throw at you. Backbends and other dynamic postures that open the heart have been found to be particularly useful.
If you go to a class, there’s also the simple fact of being around other people, which can be a real tonic when you’re lonely.
Then, there’s the deeper stuff – the training of the mind. Mindfulness and meditation can be effective ways to focus the mind on the present, and break the cycle of depressing thoughts concerning a past we can’t change and a future we can’t know.
What the clinical studies say
- Alleviates anger
- Alleviates depression
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces neurotic symptoms
- Improves mood
- MBCT-TS and maintenance antidepressant treatment are both associated with enduring positive outcomes in terms of quality of life.
- MBCT-TS and maintenance antidepressant treatment are both associated with enduring positive outcomes in terms of relapse or recurrence
- MBCT-TS and maintenance antidepressant treatment are both associated with enduring positive outcomes in terms of residual depressive symptoms
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces risk of recurrence
the clinical studies
Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial