The evidence is preliminary but encouraging.

Here’s a review from researchers at Brown University School of Medicine, in Rhode Island.

First, the details.

  • 8 studies were included in the review.
    • 5 in people with clinical depression
    • 3 in people with elevated depression symptoms

And, the results.

  • The results are encouraging, according to the authors, but they should be viewed as very preliminary.
  • The studies, as a group, suffer from poor study design and implementation.

The bottom line?

The authors believe that more research is needed to confirm the value of yoga in patients with depression.

Several characteristics of yoga support their view.

  • Limitations of current treatment options
  • Positive effects of yoga on mindfulness and exercise
  • Plausible biological, psychological, and behavioral mechanisms by which yoga may have an impact on depression

1/26/10 16:54 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.