Hatha Yoga for Depression: Critical Review of the Evidence for Efficacy, Plausible Mechanisms of Action, and Directions for Future Research

  title={Hatha Yoga for Depression: Critical Review of the Evidence for Efficacy, Plausible Mechanisms of Action, and Directions for Future Research},
  author={Lisa A. Uebelacker and Gary Epstein-Lubow and Brandon A. Gaudiano and Geoffrey Tremont and Cynthia L Battle and Ivan W. Miller},
  journal={Journal of Psychiatric Practice},
Background The purpose of this article is to review the evidence for the efficacy of hatha yoga for depression and possible mechanisms by which yoga may have an impact on depression, and to outline directions for future research. Methods Literature review and synthesis. Results and Conclusions A literature search for clinical trials examining yoga for depression uncovered eight trials: 5 including individuals with clinical depression, and 3 for individuals with elevated depression symptoms… 

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