Reduce SEVERE Depression Fast – The #1 Life Hack for Adults (All-Natural & Safe)!

By on November 29, 2016
Breathe in, slowly. Now breathe out. Did you know this simple technique could be instrumental for fighting depression?

It’s true. According to a new study led by researchers at the Perelmen School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, people who practiced a yogic breathing-based meditation, called Sudarshan Kriya yoga, experienced fewer severe depression symptoms. And the kicker? It even worked for people whose depression didn’t respond well to antidepressants.

The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

“With such a large portion of patients who do not fully respond to antidepressants, it’s important we find new avenues that work best for each person to beat their depression,” says Anup Sharma, M.D., a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s department of psychiatry. “Here, we have a promising, lower-cost therapy that could potentially serve as an effective, non-drug approach for patients battling this disease.”

The Study

Sudarshan Kriya yoga differs from other types of yoga because it primarily focuses on breathing patterns, varying between slow and fast breaths. In a sense, it resembles an exercise technique called high intensity interval training (HIIT), but this doesn’t involve any physical exertion.

It’s known to induce relaxation and calm–but could it fight depression?

While past studies had linked it to improved benefits among people with mild depression, its effects on severe depression was unclear. To find out, they recruited 25 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder, or MDD, who weren’t responding positively to antidepressants.

Split into two groups, one group practiced Sudarshan Kriya breathing techniques for eight weeks, while the other group, unfortunately, had to sit it out (they were told they would undergo the same treatment after the study ended). By the end of the study, their depression improved greatly, cutting the severity of their symptoms by over 50 percent.

Now that’s a serious change.

“Sudarshan Kriya yoga gives people an active method to experience a deep meditative state that’s easy to learn and incorporate in diverse settings,” says Sharma. “The next step in this research is to conduct a larger study evaluating how this intervention impacts brain structure and function in patients who have major depression.”

What This Means For You

Though further testing is necessary, researchers say thus far the results are positive. While it cannot replace conventional treatments for major depressive disorder, the effects it has on a person’s well being are impossible to ignore. To take advantage, look for a local Sudarshan Kriya practitioner in your area, or even look online.

Readers: Have you tried yoga before?

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