Yoga has proved to be a versatile exercise for all, regardless of age, fitness or health conditions. Every now and then, research continues to reveal more surprising benefits that yoga has to offer. The most recent research conducted by Duke University in the United States showed that yoga has the ability to relief quite a decent amount of mental health woes, which ranges from depression all the way to memory problems.
“We found that both the aerobic component of yoga as well as its meditative aspects relieve the symptoms of several major psychiatric disorders,” explained study review co-author Murali Doraiswamy, MD, a professor of psychiatry at Duke’s School of Medicine. According to Murali, The aerobic portion of yoga is capable of improving the blood circulation as well as enhancing the release of endorphins. As for the meditative aspect of yoga, it can help to boost focus and attention, while allowing us to relax at the same time. The best part of it all is that it doesn’t really matter which style of yoga you decide on going for. Murali went on to explain that although each style may vary in their own way, they are all still equally beneficial. In fact, it only requires thirty minutes daily, three times a week for you to feel the difference yourself. “Even once a week will provide benefits,” he added.
Based on the research that was being conducted, yoga was found favourable in curing depression, overeating, memory loss, insomnia and schizophrenia. With regards to depression, it was discovered that after three months of weekly yoga, the symptoms of 69 elderly adults fell by an average of 20 percent. Binge eating also saw a significant drop in 50 percent out of a group of 90 overweight or obese women just after 12 weeks of yoga practice. As for memory loss condition, out of the 30 adults who practiced yoga for eight weeks, there were noticeable improvements in their scores on tests such as short-term memory, concentration, multi-tasking, and several other measures of mental health. An average of 28 percent out of 139 senior citizens were also able to benefit from better sleep quality after practicing yoga three times a week for a period of six months. Lastly, when it came down to schizophrenia, a study of 18 adults revealed that two months of weekly yoga practice reduced aggression, improved willingness to take medication and relieved symptoms of the disorder by 30 percent. Check out the full story here.