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Int J Yoga Therap. 2018 Nov;28(1):97-105. doi: 10.17761/2018-00003. Epub 2018 Apr 26.

Kundalini Yoga for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: An Exploration of Treatment Efficacy and Possible Mechanisms.

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1. Sundari Satnam Kundalini Yoga Center, Grafton, Vt.
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2. Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University.
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3. Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of Kundalini Yoga in reducing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) compared to a common treatment-as-usual condition using cognitive techniques. A secondary objective was to explore potential treatment mechanisms. Females aged 24 to 75 years with GAD ( n = 49) received either an 8-week Kundalini Yoga intervention ( n = 34) or an 8-week treatment-as-usual condition ( n = 15). The yoga condition resulted in lower levels of anxiety relative to the treatment-as-usual condition. Furthermore, changes in somatic symptoms mediated treatment outcome for Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Yoga may show promise as a treatment for GAD, and this treatment might convey its effect on symptom severity by reducing somatic symptoms.

KEYWORDS:

Kundalini Yoga; generalized anxiety disorder; mediators; meditation; yoga

PMID:
29698081
DOI:
10.17761/2018-00003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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