Can yoga ease anxiety?

Could it be something to do with the physical poses, the deep abdominal breathing, the relaxation exercises or the calm meditative feeling you get when you do yoga? Perhaps it's all of the above.

According to the new research by NYU Grossman School of Medicine, yoga has both a physiological and psychological affect on stress. The research published in JAMA Psychiatry finds 54% of people who practised yoga saw improvements to their symptoms of generalised anxiety after just 3 months. The research goes onto say that in the short term there is

"...significant value for people with generalized anxiety disorder to give yoga a try..."

The great thing about yoga is everyone can give it a go. The young, old, fit and out-of-shape. It's welcoming to all. So theres no need to be intimidated by a fancy yoga studio or a distant Himalayan retreat, you can learn yoga at home by practising the foundation poses with a little help from YouTube or an online yoga instructor. Alternatively, you can find a yoga class at your local gym or sports centre. Try out a few different classes to see which type of yoga suits you best, for example Hatha, Ashtanga or Vinyasa.

It's definitely time to take a deep breath and roll out that yoga mat.