The Effect of Yoga on Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Women

Masoumeh Shohani, Gholamreza Badfar, Marzieh Parizad Nasirkandy, Sattar Kaikhavani, Shoboo Rahmati, Yaghoob Modmeli, Ali Soleymani, Milad Azami


Background: In recent decades, several medical and scientifc studies on yoga proved it to be very useful in the treatment of some diseases. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of yoga on stress, anxiety, and depression in women living in Ilam, Iran.

Methods: This study is a quasi‑experimental study with pre‑post test. To collect data, the questionnaire of DASS‑21 (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale‑21) was used. For eligible samples, hatha yoga exercises and training sessions were held for 4 weeks (3 time/weeks; 60‑70 min each) by a specialist. Data were
analyzed using SPSS version 20.

Results: 52 women with a mean age of 33.5 ± 6.5 were included for analysis. Depression, anxiety, and stress decreased signifcantly in women after 12 sessions of regular hatha yoga practice (P < 0.001).

Conclusions: Yoga has an effective role in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Thus, it can be used as complementary medicine.

Keywords: Anxiety, depression, stress, women, yoga

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