Yoga shown to improve anxiety
Yoga may help treat people with general anxiety disorder and can alleviate symptoms of chronic nervousness and worry.
by NYU Langone Health
- Yoga was more effective than standard education on stress management, but not as effective as CBT, a method that challenges negative thinking and encourages helpful behaviors.
“Generalized anxiety disorder is a very common condition, yet many are not willing or able to access evidence-based treatments. Our findings demonstrate that yoga, which is safe and widely available, can improve symptoms for some people with this disorder and could be a valuable tool in an overall treatment plan.” - Naomi M. Simon, MD, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health.
- 54% of those assigned to yoga met symptom improvement criteria after three months. (71% for CBT, and 33% for stress education)
- General anxiety disorder is a common undertreated condition where excessive worry interferes with daily functioning.
"Yoga is well-tolerated, easily accessible, and has a number of health benefits.” - Naomi M. Simon, MD.