Yoga cuts de­pres­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

YOGA has been shown to lessen the symp­toms of de­pres­sion, psy­chol­o­gists meet­ing in the US have been told. A se­ries of stud­ies fo­cus­ing on the an­tide­pres­sant ef­fects of yoga were pre­sented at the 125th An­nual Con­ven­tion of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. One of the stud­ies, led by re­searcher Lind­sey Hop­kins, of the San Fran­cisco Veter­ans Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter, ex­am­ined the ef­fects of hatha yoga, a type of yoga that em­pha­sises phys­i­cal move­ment and breath­ing ex­er­cises. For eight weeks, 23 male veter­ans par­tic­i­pated in classes twice a week. By the end of the pro­gram, veter­ans with high de­pres­sion scores had a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in de­pres­sion symp­toms.

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