Yoga Helps Reduce Symptoms of Depression, Study Finds

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health(link is external) (NIMH), in 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7 percent of the adult population.

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Yoga Helps At-Risk Girls Cope with Trauma, Georgetown Law Report Finds

Benefits include better coping skills, increased emotional regulation, improved neurological and physical health outcomes, and healthier parenting practices and relationships, the report finds.

Children in the juvenile justice system have experienced disproportionately high rates of childhood trauma, which has long-term harmful effects on physical and mental health. Girls in the system are more likely than boys to have experienced all forms of abuse – but particularly sexual violence.

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Effect of Yoga on anxiety, depression and self-esteem in orphanage residents: A pilot study

This pilot study suggests that 2 weeks of Yoga practice potentially reduced anxiety and depression and improved self-esteem of orphanage adolescents and young adults. These findings need confirmation from studies with a larger sample size and randomized controlled design, which are implicated in the future.

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Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain, say UCLA researchers

The scientists looked specifically at the association between age and gray matter. They compared 50 people who had mediated for years and 50 who didn’t. People in both groups showed a loss of gray matter as they aged. But the researchers found among those who meditated, the volume of gray matter did not decline as much as it did among those who didn’t.

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