Breathing-Based Meditation for People with Major Depressive Disorder

In this RCT, people diagnosed with major depressive disorder who were depressed despite more than 8 weeks of antidepressant treatment were randomised to Sudarshan Kriya yoga or a waitlist control for 8 weeks.

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Nov 30, 2016
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27898207

Good morning everyone! We are delighted to share this new study with you, which explores a breathing-based meditation for people with major depressive disorder following inadequate response to antidepressants. A juicy randomised controlled trial for you this frosty Wednesday morning :)

Sudarshan Kriya yoga incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. This unique breathing technique has been said to eliminate stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving one calm yet energized, focused yet relaxed.

In this RCT, people diagnosed with major depressive disorder who were depressed despite more than 8 weeks of antidepressant treatment were randomised to Sudarshan Kriya yoga or a waitlist control for 8 weeks. The Sudarshan Kriya yoga group (13 people in total) showed a greater improvement in measures of depression compared to the waitlist control (12 people in total). Researchers concluded that the results of this randomised controlled pilot study suggest the feasibility and promise of an adjunctive Sudarshan Kriya yoga-based intervention for people with major depressive disorder who have not responded to antidepressants.

Have a very wonderful Wednesday everyone.

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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

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