The effectiveness of yoga for depression: a critical literature review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
The effectiveness of yoga for depression
Abstract: 

In the United States, the prevalence of depression is quite high-9% in the general population-with women, young adults, and seniors particularly vulnerable. In recent years, increasing numbers of people are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for relief from depression and other mental health problems. One form of CAM, yoga, has been growing in popularity; this rise in popularity has, in part, been driven by interest in how this practice, with its mindfulness and meditation aspects, may decrease depression. This critical literature review examines six recent studies on yoga as an intervention; specifically, this review focuses on yoga styles in which the practice of yoga poses, called asanas, is the core component. Although the significant positive findings are promising, the studies had methodological limitations; identification of these limitations can inform future studies.

Author(s): 
Louie, Lila
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Journal Abbreviation: 
Issues Ment Health Nurs
Publication Date: 
2014-04
Publication Year: 
2014
Pages: 
265-276
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1096-4673
DOI: 
10.3109/01612840.2013.874062
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 24702211

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Lila Louie. 2014-04. "The effectiveness of yoga for depression: a critical literature review." Issues in Mental Health Nursing 35: 4: 265-276. 10.3109/01612840.2013.874062.

Wikipedia Citation

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