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Can J Occup Ther. 2013 Jun;80(3):150-70.

A systematic review of yoga for state anxiety: considerations for occupational therapy.

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School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, IAHS Bldg, Rm. 450, 1400 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S IC7.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

State anxiety can result from a variety of life situations. This type of anxiety can disrupt occupational engagement and performance, thereby affecting rehabilitation and recovery. Occupational therapists need to address the connection between mind-body-spirit and its relationship to performance and engagement in meaningful occupations. Yoga, when used as an adjunct to therapy, has the potential to address state anxiety.

PURPOSE:

The aim was to systematically review the evidence concerning the effectiveness of yoga as a treatment approach for state anxiety.

METHODS:

Six electronic databases, the authors' own files, and the references of included studies from 1990 to July 2011 were searched.

FINDINGS:

A total of 25 unique studies represented by 26 publications made up the sample: two systematic reviews; 16 randomized controlled trials, and seven prospective, controlled, non-randomized studies. Evidence suggests yoga can be a viable therapeutic option for reducing state anxiety in certain situations.

IMPLICATIONS:

In making the determination to recommend yoga as an intervention, occupational therapists should consider the client's circumstances and values as well as the type and intensity of the yoga program.

PMID:
24224228
DOI:
10.1177/0008417413500930
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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