The effects of yoga on mood
in psychiatric inpatients

Lavey R, Sherman T, Mueser KT,
Osborne DD, Currier M, Wolfe R.
Rehabilitation Services at New Hampshire Hospital, USA.
Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2005 Spring;28(4):399-402


The effects of yoga on mood were examined in 13 psychiatric inpatients at New Hampshire Hospital. Participants completed the Profile of Mood States (POMS) prior to and following participation in a yoga class. Analyses indicated that participants reported significant improvements on all five of the negative emotion factors on the POMS, including tension-anxiety, depression-dejection, anger-hostility, fatigue-inertia, and confusion-bewilderment. There was no significant change on the sixth POMS factor, vigor-activity. Improvements in mood were not related to gender or diagnosis. The results suggest that yoga was associated with improved mood, and may be a useful way of reducing stress during inpatient psychiatric treatment.
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