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Posted on 22/05/2017 18:42
More than half of depression sufferers could see their symptoms improve by over 50% with weekly yoga classes, according to the largest study of its kind.
- Weekly yoga classes can also improve social functioning and overall health
- Effects are only seen after six months, suggesting yoga's benefits accumulate
- Health education classes only half depression symptoms in 31% of cases
- Yoga is thought to change hormone levels,reducing both stress and anxiety
Yoga can ease depression symptoms, according to the largest study to ever investigate the link between the exercise and the mental health disorder.
More than half of sufferers who take weekly yoga classes experience a minimum 50 per cent reduction in their symptoms, the research added. They also report both improved social functioning and overall health.
The effect did not occur until six months into starting the exercise, suggesting that the benefits of yoga may accumulate over time.
A previous review found that the breathing exercises involved in yoga change the hormone levels in the body, leading to reduced stress and anxiety.
Researchers from across the US analysed the effect of a specific type of yoga, known as hatha, on 63 patients suffering from severe depression.
Results, published in Psychological Medicine, were compared against 59 severely depressed patients who took health education classes. All participants were taking antidepressants.
The researchers analysed for the patients for 10 weeks, with two follow-up periods at three and six months.
No effect was seen at 10 weeks.
Yet, at six months, 51 per cent of yoga patients reported at least a 50 per cent improvement in their symptoms versus 31 per cent of those taking the health education classes.
Study author Dr Lisa Uebelacker, from Brown University, said: 'We hypothesized that yoga participants would show lower depression severity over time, as well as better social and role functioning, better general health perceptions and physical functioning, and less physical pain relative to the control group. We found that yoga did indeed have an impact on depression symptoms.'
This particular study did not specify why yoga reduces depression.
Yet, a review of 15 studies conducted by King’s College London earlier this year found women suffering from premenstrual tension have a significant reduction in anxiety, stress and mood swings if they take up yoga.
Yoga cuts levels of the stress hormone cortisol and may improve concentration by focusing on breathing and poses, the researchers said.
Have you already tried yoga? Do you find it helps you feel better?
Beginning of the discussion - 24/10/2019Yoga may bring long-term benefits for people with depression https://www.carenity.co.uk/forum/depression/treatments-for-depression/yoga-may-bring-longterm-benefits-for-people-with-depression-1756
Posted on 24/10/2019 10:42
Sunday 27 October is European Depression Day. And despite the topic, the purpose of the day is a positive one: raising awareness and understanding around depression and support for sufferers of depression and their families.
Many people living with depression find that medication is an important tool in managing their condition. Some also find that complementary practices such as meditation and yoga are also beneficiary in reducing the severity of symptoms. That's why I'm resurrecting this thread.
Has anyone been using practices such as yoga, Ayurveda, meditation or Animal Therapy alongside their medical treatments? Have you seen any results, positive or negative?
Share your experiences here!
Posted on 24/10/2019 10:56
I hope you don't mind me tagging you for this thread, but I'd be curious to hear your opinions and/or experiences on the matter.
Michael from the Carenity Team
Posted on 26/10/2019 20:46
Hi Michael, I have over the years tried meditation. It's great to stop me stressing out about things,I still use it today as I feel I do get a definite benefit from it. I will definitely keep doing it. I've tried yoga as well, that's also a great way to reset your mind and feelings.
Posted on 28/10/2019 10:24
Thank you again for sharing your experience. Did you get into yoga and mediation through a group? Or did you buy a book, audio guide, smartphone app, etc?
Posted on 29/10/2019 08:01
believe it or not, my kids introduced me to it via the games console Wii. It has a section in it showing you how to do certain levels of yoga. It was very good, and quite hard as well.
Posted on 29/10/2019 15:27
@Bigj1969 Yoga on a Nintendo Wii? Who knew!? Thanks for the tip
Posted on 17/12/2019 16:48
I'm not sure, with my conditions I have some disfigurement that makes me reluctant to go to a yoga course. Maybe I could try a home course. Any recommendations?