Between 2005 and 2015, 24 randomized controlled trials have investigated yoga as a way to help treat depression, which is nearly five times the number that existed before 2005. These studies suggest that yoga can be a useful tool to consider alongside traditional forms of treatment for depression, such as medication or psychotherapy.
There is still debate on whether a specific style of yoga is better than another, but there is nothing conclusive to show one is superior to another. Consistency and enjoyment are the main requirements for an exercise routine to be effective. A 2016 review of general yoga research supports finding several styles of yoga yielded the best results. The most commonly studied styles of yoga are hatha yoga, which is a general umbrella term for yoga that includes movement and poses; an integrated approach, which combines yoga breathing, movement and poses, and meditative states; and Iyengar yoga, a form of hatha yoga that emphasizes precise body alignment and breathing.
Larger and more long-term yoga studies on depression are needed, but the evidence is promising and provides important groundwork for future research. In the meantime, people with depression may want to consider yoga as an additional potential resource to complement existing traditional forms of treatment.
Source: MJ Fitnatic