Breaking the Cycle: How Yoga Can Help Heal Addiction

Lynn Crimando, MA, C-IAYT
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More than 24 million Americans struggle with either alcohol or drug abuse, according to a 2014 survey by The Substance Use and Mental Health Services. Chances are, someone you know and love is in that struggle.

While twelve-step programs and talk therapy can go a long way toward recovery, Yoga offers hope and another dimension of help for people who seek comfort from destructive behaviors.

New Study Shows Yoga Offers Cumulative Benefits for Depression

Compelling research continues to mount showing the positive effects of yoga on depression. A new, randomized controlled study suggests that weekly hatha yoga classes could improve depression symptoms by over... Read more

Yoga Relieves Symptoms and BioMarkers of Depression New Study Shows

Depression affects 17 million American adults each year, and is the most significant mental health risk for women. New research shows that yoga may help to alter several symptoms and biomarkers of depression. Read more

6 Ayurveda Tools to Reduce Stress, Depression and Anxiety

In spite of the many advances in the field of mental health, it is estimated that about 1/3 of our population is suffering from some form of diagnosable mental illness at any given time. The cost of mental... Read more

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Review: Yogic Breathing for Depression

When looking for help with depression, yogic breathing can provide a solid foundation to generally elevate mood and strengthen the mind. Breathing to Beat the Blues combats depression at its source; even for those who are not depressed, the CD provides yogic breathing exercises to both clear the mind and energize the body. Read more

Review: Amy Weintraub - Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieving Suffering

" The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren't enough. " -Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression Read more

Urban Yogis: Yoga for Peace and Compassion

The first lesson was about Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. It grasped my attention because it was talking about how they had won a war without actually taking heat into the war and fighting things. Read more

How Science Supports Yoga as a Cure for Depression

Zoloft, Prozac, and many other infamous antidepressants have had thousands, if not millions of dollars funding research on their benefits. At the same time, what may be the world’s best depression treatment remains consistently under-tested and under-advertized, namely because there’s no company that stands make enough money off of it to support its promotion. Read more

New Hope for Depression: A Recent Meta-analysis Suggests That Yoga Can Help

Most of us will experience the blues at some point in our lives. Generally those feelings of sadness pass after a relatively short period of time. For some, however, those feelings persist for weeks, months, or even years. Read more
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Study: Yoga Promises Help for Depression

People looking for more than drugs to help with depression may take heart in a new study showing a potential way to help combat depression: yoga therapy Read more