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Yoga and Depression

It’s official that yoga helps depression. A relatively small study by Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that 90 minutes of yoga class each week with four 30 minute at home sessions each week made significant improvements to the participants depression score.

They’ve recommended just two led sessions a week rather than four at home and one led as it was a large demand on the participants time. I get this, committing to practising five days a week is huge for most people never mind those with mental health issues.

There is more detail about the study in this Time article.

I’ve never been clinically depressed but I’ve had a few seriously low periods in my life and yoga has certainly helped me through them. I know that I feel better mentally as well as physically when I’ve been doing yoga regularly. This is part of the reason that I’m making an effort to ensure that I keep up my practice as well as teaching to ensure that I’m mentally and physically in a good place.

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