Yoga for Generalised Anxiety Disorder
The benefits of yoga for anxiety
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), according to the NHS website, is a long-term condition that causes a person to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue. GAD can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include:
feeling restless or worried having trouble concentrating or sleeping dizziness or heart palpitations
A new study published by Georgia State University researchers in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy indicates that yoga can be beneficial in reducing the symptoms related to GAD. Researchers found that yoga tended to reduce worry, the main symptom of GAD. One researcher explained; "two participants showed decreases in daily worry ratings after they started yoga and reported less worry on a daily basis. The third participant was steadily increasing worry before starting yoga, but the increasing trend ended and began leveling out after she started practicing yoga."
Clearly this is a very small-scale study, yet the early results are very promising. There is an increasing body of evidence pointing to yoga's efficacy for anxiety, including GAD. Here are a couple more related studies for your reading pleasure!