springhill group psycotheraphy-Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Major Psychiatric Disorders?

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springhill group psycotheraphy-Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Major Psychiatric Disorders?
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 10:16pm

http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/28/yoga-and-the-mind-can-yoga-reduce-symptoms-of-major-psychiatric-disorders/

Yoga does the body good, and according to a new study, it may ease the mind as well.

Their findings suggest that yoga does in fact have positive effects on mild depression 

and sleep problems, and it improves the symptoms of psychiatric disorders like 

schizophrenia and ADHD among patients using medication.

The researchers focused on 16 studies that recorded the effects of practicing yoga on 

mental-health issues ranging from depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints 

and eating disorders to cognitive problems. They found positive effects of the 

mind-and-body practice for all conditions with the exception of eating disorders and 

cognition. Those studies involved too few participants or produced conflicting results 

to draw any meaningful conclusions.

Some of the studies included in the analysis even suggested that yoga might affect 

the body in ways similar to antidepressants and psychotherapy. For instance, yoga 

may influence brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters (boosting levels of 

feel-good agents like serotonin), lower inflammation, reduce oxidative stress and 

produce a healthier balance of lipids and growth factors — just as other forms of 

exercise do.

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Registered: 04-05-2002

Interesting--thanks for sharing. I have to say it doesn't surprise me at all, though. It seems like yoga is great for the body and meditative for the mind.