More and more people struggling with anxiety disorders are turning to mind-body interventions like yoga for relief. However, it's unclear how effective these practices are in addressing anxiety.
Clinical TrialA clinical trial compared the effectiveness of three intervention strategies in improving anxiety and depression symptoms in 226 adults diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. This study randomly assigned participants to one of three groups: Kundalini Yoga, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), or stress education (control).
ResultsAt the end of the 12-week treatment period, CBT significantly reduced the severity of symptoms compared to those in the control group. This improvement was seen across six of the seven measures to assess anxiety and depression symptoms. This finding highlights the effectiveness of CBT in managing anxiety disorders.
On the other hand, participants who practiced Kundalini Yoga displayed lower symptom severity on three of the seven measures compared to those in the control group. While not as impactful as CBT, this suggests that yoga may still offer some benefits in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms for individuals with generalized anxiety disorder.