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For the second one, scientists gathered 52 women ages 25 to 45 and asked more than half of them to attend twice-weekly hot yoga classes for eight weeks. The others were placed on a wait list. At the end of the experiment, those who tried yoga saw a reduction in their depression symptoms compared to those in the control group.
And in another, they examined 74 mildly depressed university students, giving them a 15-minute instructional video to follow at home for two months. They found that their symptoms had also subsided significantly.
Researchers noted that the practice isn’t a cure-all but should be a complimentary practice to traditional forms of therapy.
“However,” Hopkins said, “based on empirical evidence, there seems to be a lot of potential.”