Hot Yoga Relieves Anxiety, Depression in At-Risk Women

Yoga is effective for reducing anxiety, depression, and stress in women at risk for mental health problems, new research suggests.

In the current study, the investigators examined the effects of Bikram yoga, which is a heated form of Hatha yoga, on depression and anxiety symptoms in a community sample of at-risk women.

The study included 52 women, aged 25 to 45 years, who had mildly elevated anxiety (mean Beck Anxiety Inventory score, 12.8), and moderate depression (mean Beck Depression Inventory score, 18.3) and high stress mean (Perceived Stress Questionnaire score, 0.60).


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