Yoga may reduce Parkinson’s anxiety and depression, study finds

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Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 24 October 2019

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Researchers at the University of Hong Kong, have found that mindfulness yoga – which combines yoga with meditation and controlled breathing – may reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in people with Parkinson’s.

As part of the study – published in medical journal ‘JAMA Neurology’ – 138 individuals with Parkinson’s took part in mindfulness yoga or stretching and resistance training once a week for a period of two months.

The researchers found that both exercise routines improved motor symptoms. However, this improvement was greater in individuals who did mindfulness yoga, who also experienced reduced levels of anxiety and depression – and a better quality of life.

Commenting on their results, the researchers said: “These findings suggest that mindfulness yoga is an effective treatment option for patients with Parkinson’s disease to manage stress and symptoms.”

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