Exercise can improve your mood, and decrease anxiety and depression symptoms. Studies have shown that even walking 20 minutes a day can improve your mood, leaving you feeling more calm and relaxed. This new study, cited in the Victoria Times Colonist on November 27, 2010, indicates that practicing Yoga has even more beneficial effects in individuals with anxiety and depression symptoms.
It may be that the exercise Yoga provides alone accounts for the improvements in Mental Health. Other possible factors include: mindfullness practice (similar to meditation), the act of re-focusing the mind away from ones’ troubles, or the social benefits of participating in a yoga class.
Anyway you add it up, Yoga is good for the body and mind.