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Do yoga exercises help with my anxiety and depression and to feel happier?


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Check out you tube for yoga training if you can’t afford classes. This type of exercise specifically brings together your mind, body, and spirit, in a way that grounds you. I’m not a granola-Buddha-Zen loving weirdo here. I’m an open-minded physician who has one litmus test–to recommend what medical evidence shows. And evidence shows that yoga works for depression and anxiety. Just try it, along with meditation, for your anxiety. Take your antidepressants too.


1. Streeter, CC. et al. Effects of yoga versus walking on mood, anxiety, and brain GABA levels: a randomized controlled MRS study. J Altern Complement Med. Nov 2010;16(11):1145-1152. 2. Cramer, H. et al. Yoga for depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Depress Anxiety. 2013;30(11):1068-1083

2. Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: A Review of Published Research and Implications for Healthcare Providers

3. Benefits of Yoga on IL-6: Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga for Depression

4. Yoga for improving health‐related quality of life, mental health and cancer‐related symptoms in women diagnosed with breast cancer



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