Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. Yoga has received less attention in the medical literature although it has become more popular in recent decades.
Hatha yoga is the most common type of yoga practiced in the United States, and it combines three elements: poses called asanas, controlled breathing in conjunction with the asanas, and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation.
A regular yoga practice can help reduce the impact of your natural stress response and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. Yoga acts as a self-soothing technique. Some people who have a poor stress response are also more sensitive to pain. Regular yoga practice has shown that yoga practitioners had lower pain responses and higher pain tolerances.
Source: Harvard Health