Yoga cuts depression
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.