The Science of Yoga
There are many known benefits of yoga, both physical and spiritual; in addition, yoga can be beneficial to people in search of new non-pharmacological interventions to help with both physical health and mental wellness.
Several studies are now emerging from the National Institutes of Health that investigate the clinical benefits of yoga for a wide variety of diseases. These studies in general are finding that yoga can improve clinical outcomes for depression, cancer treatment morbidities, Parkinson’s disease, and many more diseases.
For example, depression is a widespread problem for young and old. Current first-line treatments (pharmaceutical and psychological interventions) demonstrate moderate success; however, nonresponse occurs in up to 50% of cases, and many individuals fail to maintain long-term improvements. Several recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses have demonstrated that yoga is effective in ameliorating symptoms of depression across a range of different clinical disorders, including major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. See the attached article to read more about yoga in the treatment of depression.