Study finds yoga helps ease depression

Each year, 17 million people or 7 percent of American adults experience at least one major depressive episode of two weeks duration or longer. Depression is also a common additional symptom of several other mental health problems.

Several studies have already provided evidence that yoga can help ease depression. Now a new worldwide review and meta-analysis of 19 clinical studies conducted in six countries lend strong support to the previous evidence.

Teens practicing yoga for anxiety in Plank Pose (Phalakasana)

Yoga Can Be Helpful for Teens Suffering from Anxiety, Study Finds

A 14-year-old girl and her mother comes to see the family doctor, complaining about severe anxiety that is interfering with her ability to sleep, social interactions, and school. The mother explains that... Read more
Yoga woman for heart health in Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Yoga Boosts Cardiovascular Fitness and Psychological Health Study Shows

There has been an ongoing debate regarding yoga’s ability to improve cardiovascular and physical fitness. A new study suggests that, for sedentary college students, regular Vinyasa yoga practice may boost both fitness and mental health, and reduce stress. Read more
Yoga class to cope with anxiety in Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Looking for Ways to Cope with Anxiety? How Yoga May Help

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Yoga woman to help anxiety and depression in Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana)

How Can Yoga Help Ease Mood Swings, Anxiety and Depression? An Interview with Linda Sparrowe

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Woman practicing yoga for depression in Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)

New Study Shows Yoga Offers Cumulative Benefits for Depression

Compelling research continues to mount showing the positive effects of yoga on depression. A randomized controlled study suggests that weekly hatha yoga classes could improve depression symptoms by over 50% in... Read more
Woman practicing yoga to help depression in Garland Pose (Malasana)

Yoga Relieves Symptoms and BioMarkers of Depression New Study Shows

Depression affects 17 million American adults each year, and is the most significant mental health risk for women. New research shows that yoga may help to alter several symptoms and biomarkers of depression. Read more
Woman practicing yoga in cross-legged seated pose to reduce stress

6 Ayurveda Tools to Reduce Stress, Depression and Anxiety

In spite of the many advances in the field of mental health, it is estimated that about 1/3 of our population is suffering from some form of diagnosable mental illness at any given time. The cost of mental... Read more
Yoga class for preventing chronic disease in Wind-Relieving Pose (Apanasana)

Preventing Chronic Disease: Yoga May Alter Gene Expression Linked to Inflammation

Chronic stress, and the resulting inflammatory response, is a known cause of numerous illnesses. Although yoga is found to reduce stress and increase wellbeing, we know little about the molecular mechanisms... Read more
Woman practicing yoga for anxiety and depression outside

How Yoga Helped One Teacher Overcome Anxiety and Depression

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Yoga students practicing mindful mediation for depression

New Study Shows that Mindfulness Is Effective for Depression

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