Practicing yoga and a special breathing exercise may have long-term effects on clinical depression, anxiety and sleep quality, a new study suggests. Yoga is known to be associated with changes in the severity of depression. But the new study shows that it takes less effort to experience positive change over the long term.
The study, from Boston University School of Medicine, found that resonant breathing and Ayyange yoga can significantly improve sleep quality in patients with clinical depression and symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.
Resonant breathing is a breathing movement that involves about five long, steady breaths per minute. At the same time, Ayyangyoga is a form of yoga practice highlighted in the 1966 yoga classic “The Light of Yoga.” It involves paying close attention to the accuracy and performance of each yoga pose.
The changes were found in two groups of different clinical depression participants, one who spent 123 hours over a three-month period and the other group 87 hours over the same period. Both groups of participants also improved significantly in terms of physical exertion, tranquillity and motivation.
These positive changes were only shown a month after the course of treatment, the researchers said. They point out that these changes have been validated using clinical scales. Studies have shown that combining yoga, breathing exercises with treatments and medications may help people with clinical depression better.