Yoga And Mental Health: A Review On Efficacy Of Yoga In Managing Stress, Anxiety And Depression

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47223/IRJAY.2021.4323

Authors

  • Anil Kothari PhD Research Scholar, Department of Yoga, Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47223/IRJAY.2021.4323

Keywords:

Transcendence, Anxiety, Depression, Alternative, Holistic

Abstract

Yoga is a holistic multidimensional system of health that was used by ancient sages to achieve states of transcendence and develop special mental abilities and wellbeing. Essentially a yoga therapy is a type of alternative therapy that uses Asanas (Physical postures), Pranayamas (Breathing techniques), Dhyana (Meditation), Shatkarma (Internal cleansing), Mudras (Hand postures) and Bandhas (Locks) to reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses which in turn decreases physiological arousal and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. This review presents a summary of scientific evidences from randomized controlled trials, review articles and Hatha yoga texts on the effects of yoga in promoting mental health by alleviating the symptoms of mental disorders.

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Published

2021-03-31

How to Cite

Kothari, A. . (2021). Yoga And Mental Health: A Review On Efficacy Of Yoga In Managing Stress, Anxiety And Depression: DOI: https://doi.org/10.47223/IRJAY.2021.4323. International Research Journal of Ayurveda & Yoga, 4(3), 185-193. https://doi.org/10.47223/IRJAY.2021.4323