Unlike other treatments for anxiety, such as tranquilizers or cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga is fairly affordable and offers many health benefits. A study by a group of scientists from the United States showed that this gymnastics effectively improves the emotional background not only in adults, but also in children.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental disorder characterized by chronic feelings of anxiety and anxiety without objective reasons. At least 4% of people worldwide suffer from GAD, and the disease is twice as common in women as in men. The authors of the study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, mentioned that anxiety is becoming more common among children and can negatively affect their socialization and academic performance.
The researchers set a goal to analyze the effectiveness of yoga in reducing anxiety among children 8-10 years old. Participants were surveyed before and after the study to assess emotional disorders associated with anxiety.
During the study, students in the third and fourth grades of five performed simple exercises for 10 minutes during the school week. Eight weeks later, the researchers compared the initial and final scores and found that all participants had significantly reduced anxiety scores. The study authors concluded that yoga can be a simple and effective tool for improving children’s emotional well-being.
Earlier, a group of American scientists compared the effectiveness of several methods for reducing anxiety: cognitive-behavioral therapy, stress management, and kundalini yoga – a practice that combines physical exercise with meditation and chanting. The randomized study involved 226 men and women with GAD, who were divided into three groups. For 12 weeks, one group received CBT, the second did kundalini yoga, and the third received training in stress management. At the end of the experiment, the scientists found CBT and yoga to be more effective than stress management. That said, CBT was most effective, with 71% of participants in symptom improvement in this group versus 54% of those doing yoga. Among volunteers who learned to manage stress, positive dynamics was noted only in 33%.