Yoga for depression

This article, from 2004, reviews the research on yoga for depression. It looks at five randomised controlled trials that each used different forms of yoga interventions and in which the severity of the condition ranged from mild to severe. All the trials reported positive findings but methodological details such as method of randomisation, compliance and attrition rates were missing. No adverse effects were reported with the exception of fatigue and breathlessness in participants in one of the studies. Though they need to be interpreted with caution, the findings were that there are potentially beneficial effects of yoga interventions on depressive disorders.

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Asana increase GABA levels

In this study, the authors compared changes in gamma aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain in an acute yoga session and a session of reading. Low levels of GABA are associated with depression and anxiety. The results indicate that in experienced yoga practitioners GABA levels increase after a session of yoga.

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