Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Yoga
Effect of Yoga on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Yoga is a great treatment for any health condition, even mood disorders like generalized anxiety disorder. In addition to being good for the body (with the poses and stretching) the conscious breathing and meditative states can help encourage an even-keeled state of being, thus calming anxiety.
Side Effects and Warnings
Hatha yoga is generally at least as safe as any other stretching-based exercise program. However there are a few hatha yoga positions, such as the headstand, that can cause injury when they are performed by a person who isn’t yet sufficiently advanced in yoga, or who has certain health problems, such as a detached retina. A properly qualified instructor can help you avoid injury, taking your own individual health status into account.