Yoga Doing for Depression What Anti-Depressants Cannot

A new study has discovered that Sudarshan Kriya yoga has the potentiality to reverse many of the symptoms of depression

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A new study has discovered that Sudarshan Kriya yoga has the potentiality to reverse many of the symptoms of depression, such as negative mood, disinterest, low energy, suicidal thoughts and feelings of guilt. It’s a significant discovery, say researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, as more than half the 41 million Americans taking antidepressants aren’t being helped by the drugs.

The technique involves slow and calm breaths that are alternated by fast breaths, and which brings the person into a deep and calm meditative state. 25 people took part in the study; half were taught Sudarshan Kriya yoga, which they practised regularly at home for two months, while the rest just carried on taking the antidepressants. By the end of the trial, the yoga group showed ‘significant’ improvements and halved their Hamilton Depression Rating Scale score, a common measure of depressive symptoms. Those taking the drugs only saw no improvement in their score.

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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