Yoga and breathing exercise can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both in short and long terms. Published in the journal of psychiatric practice , the study from Boston University School of medicine (BUSM) provided evidence that yoga can be a helpful complementary treatment for clinical depression or major suppressive disorder .
To get this conclusion , a group of thirty clinically depressed patients were randomly divided into two groups. Over three months the high dose group spent one hundred twenty three hours in sessions while the low dose group spent Eighty seven hours.
Result showed that within a month both groups sleep quality significantly improved. Tranquility,positivity, physical exhaustion and symptoms of anxiety and depression significantly improved in the groups, as measured by several validated clinical scales.
Think of this way we give meditation in different ways in order to enact their effects on the body to varying degrees. Here we explored same concept, but used yoga . Past years yoga and depression studies not have really delved deeply into this.
Research has shown that combining Therapy and meditation has greater success than either treatment alone.
Although studies with more participants would be helpful in further investigation in benefits, this small study indicates adding yoga to the prescription may be helpful.