Yoga for anxiety: a systematic review of the research evidence

Br J Sports Med. 2005 Dec;39(12):884-91; discussion 891. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2005.018069.


Between March and June 2004, a systematic review was carried out of the research evidence on the effectiveness of yoga for the treatment of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Eight studies were reviewed. They reported positive results, although there were many methodological inadequacies. Owing to the diversity of conditions treated and poor quality of most of the studies, it is not possible to say that yoga is effective in treating anxiety or anxiety disorders in general. However, there are encouraging results, particularly with obsessive compulsive disorder. Further well conducted research is necessary which may be most productive if focused on specific anxiety disorders.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / therapy
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Yoga*