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Yoga for psychiatric disorders: from fad to evidence-based intervention?

  • Shivarama Varambally (a1), Sanju George (a2) and Bangalore Nanjundaiah Gangadhar (a3)

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There is growing evidence for yoga's neurobiological effects in people with psychiatric disorders. Postulated mechanisms of action include: (a) modulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis; (b) enhancement of GABAergic neurotransmission; (c) autonomic modulation; and (d) neuroendocrinological effects. Yoga as a therapeutic intervention in psychiatric disorders appears promising and merits further attention in clinical practice and research.

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Correspondence: Sanju George. Email: sanjugeorge531@gmail.com

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Declaration of interest: None.

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1Balasubramaniam, M, Telles, S, Doraiswamy, PM. Yoga on our minds: a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders. Front Psychiatry 2013; 3: 117.
2Cabral, P, Meyer, HB, Ames, D. Effectiveness of yoga therapy as a complementary treatment for major psychiatric disorders: a meta-analysis. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord 2012; 13(4): doi 10.4088/PCC.10r01068.
3Sathyanarayanan, G, Vengadavaradan, A, Bharadwaj, B. Role of yoga and mindfulness in severe mental illnesses: a narrative review. Int J Yoga 2019; 12: 328.
4Varambally, S, Gangadhar, BN. Yoga-based interventions for the management of psychiatric disorders. In Physical Exercise Interventions for Mental Health (eds Lam, L, Riba, M). Cambridge University Press, 2016.

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Yoga for psychiatric disorders: from fad to evidence-based intervention?

  • Shivarama Varambally (a1), Sanju George (a2) and Bangalore Nanjundaiah Gangadhar (a3)

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Yoga for psychiatric disorders: from fad to evidence-based intervention?

  • Shivarama Varambally (a1), Sanju George (a2) and Bangalore Nanjundaiah Gangadhar (a3)
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