The effects of yoga on mood in psychiatric inpatients

Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2005 Spring;28(4):399-402. doi: 10.2975/28.2005.399.402.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Yoga*