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Depressed? Anxious? Yoga Works!

The latest Harvard Mental Health Letter touts yoga as a tool to help people manage both anxiety and depression. In the past, studies evaluating yoga as a therapeutic tool have been too small and poorly designed to be scientifically...

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The latest Harvard Mental Health Letter touts yoga as a tool to help people manage both anxiety and depression.

In the past, studies evaluating yoga as a therapeutic tool have been too small and poorly designed to be scientifically sound, says the study. However, a 2004 analysis found that, in recent decades, an increasing number met more rigorous standards. “Available reviews of a wide range of yoga practices suggest they can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. In this respect, yoga functions like other self-soothing techniques, such as meditation, relaxation, exercise, or even socializing with friends.”

Isn’t it nice to see that science is starting to come around to something yoga practitioners have known for thousands of years? Have any of you seen an improvement in anxiety and depression symptoms because of your yoga practice?