Khalsa SB, Hickey-Schultz, Harvard Medical School: The goal of this study was to evaluate the potential mental health benefits of yoga for adolescents in secondary school. Students were randomly assigned to either regular physical education classes or to 11 weeks of yoga sessions based upon the Yoga Ed program over a single semester. Students completed baseline and end-program self-report measures of mood, anxiety, perceived stress, resilience, and other mental health variables.
Research Study, University of California, Los Angeles, USA – CONTEXT: Yoga teachers and students often report that yoga has an uplifting effect on their moods, but scientific research on yoga and depression is limited.
To examine the effects of a short-term Iyengar yoga course on mood in mildly depressed young adults.
Young adults pre-screened for mild levels of depression were randomly assigned to a yoga course or wait-list control group.
Clinical Trial, University of Wurzburg: The yoga group had significant higher scores in high spirits and extravertedness.
The full recognition of the impact of trauma on human functioning grew in the U.S. from studies of Holocaust survivors, Vietnam veterans, battered women, abused children, disaster survivors, refugees, sexual assault, and other crime victims. More effective treatment interventions are needed. A growing body of research-based evidence is showing that Yoga practices can reduce physical symptoms and emotional distress associated with trauma-related difficulties and increase quality of life.