Yoga Is Super Effective At Helping with Depression, New Study Says

We’ve long known the power that comes over us whenever we finish class. Those endorphins hit you and it’s like instant happiness washes over us. Well, it’s looking like those feelings we’ve always had just might be backed by science due to a new study. 

According to research done by the American Psychological Association, anyone suffering from depression might was to consider yoga as an an effective complement to traditional therapy. 

Lindsey Hopkins, PhD, of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center says, “Yoga has become increasingly popular in the West, and many new yoga practitioners cite stress-reduction and other mental health concerns as their primary reason for practicing. But the empirical research on yoga lags behind its popularity as a first-line approach to mental health.”

Multiple studies on this concept were then looked at and after compiling the information together, researchers suggest that, “yoga-based interventions have promise for depressed mood and that they are feasible for patients with chronic, treatment-resistant depression,” said Nina Vollbehr, MS, of the Center for Integrative Psychiatry in the Netherlands, who presented two studies to the research. 

While they did note that these findings are still preliminary and they can only recommend yoga as something to compliment your already ongoing therapy, there is still a great deal of potential within each class.  

Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!