Yoga and breathing better than drugs for lifting depression, study confirms

Millions of people who practice yoga and deep breathing exercises at least twice a week have experienced huge physical and psychological benefits, including eliminating major depression.  Now another study confirms what we already know.

Antidepressant drugs are not the answer – and with drugs failing in at least half of all cases, yoga is an effective alternative, say researchers.

Yogic exercises “significantly” reduce symptoms of chronic depression, researchers from Boston University Medical Centre discovered when they tested the approach on a group of people diagnosed with major depressive disorder.

Some had never taken antidepressants, but others were still taking the drugs, even though they weren’t helping!  It’s incredible the ‘hook’ Big Pharma advertising has on us, and it’s high time to break this trend.

The patients were taught Iyengar yoga, but any form of hatha or flow (Vinyasa) yoga will do. Some had two sessions a week, and others had three – both were also asked to continue doing yoga and breath control at home on the other days.

Both groups reported a major lifting of their symptoms, with those who attended three lessons faring slightly better. Just two sessions had a big effect, and may be more realistic for people with busy lives.

This is common sense anyway.  Starting off doing less at the beginning is better – the mind doesn’t suddenly feel overwhelmed!

Yoga is a ‘new’ way to treat depression, the researchers say, as it creates positive neural pathways.

(Source: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2017; doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0140)

July 1, 2017
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Jaime Tanna is an international teacher and energy therapist specialising in the healing arts. As the visionary founder and director of Energy Therapy, Jaime is an experienced Spiritual Teacher/Mentor, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer and Intuitive, and brings a wide array of different skills to the healing table. Coming from a family of pharmacists and doctors, Jaime grew up with a strong allopathic model of the world but quickly saw the limitations of that paradigm. Today, with clients and students throughout the world, Jaime specialises in personal and spiritual development, yoga and meditation, and clearing and rebalancing the human energy field inspiring clients and students to connect to their deepest being to create a life lived on purpose, and with joy!

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