Yoga as a Treatment for Depression

  • Maren NyerEmail author
  • Regina Roberg
  • Maya Nauphal
  • Chris C. Streeter
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


Yoga-based practices have been shown to decrease depressive symptoms. This chapter will begin with a case vignette discussing some of the aspects to be considered when assessing whether yoga-based practices should be incorporated into a treatment plan. The case presented shows the benefit of adding of a twice-weekly yoga-based practice to a 12-week treatment plan where pharmacotherapy did not adequately treat symptoms of depression and anxiety. The rest of the chapter will review clinical considerations, as well as the literature examining the application of yoga for depression and associated comorbidities.


Yoga Hatha yoga Iyengar yoga Heated yoga Depression Major depressive disorder (MDD) Treatment Integrative treatment Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) 


Financial Support

This work was supported by NCCIH K23 AT008043 02 (MBN); R21AT004014 and R01AT007483 (CCS); M01RR00533 and Ul1RR025771 (General Clinical Research Unit at Boston University Medical Center).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maren Nyer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Regina Roberg
    • 1
  • Maya Nauphal
    • 1
  • Chris C. Streeter
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Depression Clinical and Research Program, Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Psychiatry and NeurologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryEdith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans HospitalBedfordUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryBoston Medical CenterBostonUSA

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