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Psychol Rep. 2008 Aug;103(1):271-4.

Evaluation of Siddha Samadhi Yoga for anxiety and depression symptoms: a preliminary study.

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  • 1Department of Psychobiology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil.


Siddha Samadhi Yoga is a program in which meditation is associated with pranayama (breathing exercises). 22 volunteers with anxiety complaints (M age = 42.8 yr., SD = 10.3) were assigned to two groups: 14 attended the yoga group, and 8 attended a waiting-list or control group. They were evaluated before the intervention and 1 month after it on the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Beck Depression Inventory, Tension Feelings Self-evaluation Scales, and the Well-being Self-evaluation Scales. A significant reduction in scores on anxiety, depression, and tension was found in yoga group, as well as an increase in well-being in comparison with the control group.

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