Exercise Without Movement Yoga Method on Mindfulness, Anxiety and Depression

In this study, the effect of the Exercise Without Movement yoga method on mindfulness, anxiety and depression was explored.

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Ooooooh! Great news. The Exercise Without Movement method is gaining some interest in the scientific literature. This makes us rather happy! :) :)

The exercises in the Exercise Without Movement method were designed by Swami Rama who came to the United States in the early 1970s and participated in extensive research on the voluntary control of internal states. Swami Rama also pioneered the development of biofeedback as a means for voluntarily controlling internal states.In his Exercise Without Movement manual, he offers exercises that have been developed and applied over thousands of years. Unlike all other exercise practices in the West which focus on the physical body and contain some form of movement, these exercises are mental, with the body then following organically, according to Swami Rama and his followers; the mind and body are trained, and thus united, together.

In this study, the effect of the Exercise Without Movement yoga method on mindfulness, anxiety and depression was explored. 16 participants engaged in one month of Exercise Without Movement whilst a control group of 22 participants did not. Those who engaged in the practice showed both a statistically significant increase in mindfulness and decrease in anxiety and depression symptoms, compared with the control group.

Super duper we say!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS