Yoga is a promising approach in the complementary treatment of mental disorders. This is the conclusion reached by psychologists from Jena, who evaluated in a meta-analysis how effective body-oriented yoga can be.
In their meta-analysis, the researchers looked at more than 2,600 specialist publications and evaluated 25 studies that met their quality requirements. In total, around 1,300 subjects were involved, most of whom came from the United States and India.
Many patients suffered from schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and other disorders or were substance-dependent. They all did yoga exercises - in groups and under the guidance of a yoga teacher. Most of the studies included yoga training in addition to drug treatment and / or other therapeutic interventions.
Overall, there was a significant effect in relieving the symptoms of yoga disorders. Compared to exercise or attention control, yoga turned out to be slightly more effective. As a supplement to drug treatment, yoga was about as effective as standard psychotherapy treatment.
The scientists draw the conclusion: Body-oriented yoga can be used as a supplementary treatment option for mental disorders, since it can reduce symptoms and improve well-being and quality of life. However, further studies are desirable. You can find the study here.