"People in the U.S. often think of yoga as a woman’s activity ... and, more specifically, a privileged young white woman’s activity"
Yoga and its benefits benefits ARE FOR EVERYONE… Let's make it so!
A study involving veterans found that participants experienced a significant decrease in depression symptoms after a twice weekly hatha yoga 8-week program. This study was presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. What I find most interesting about this study, is what’s being categorized as the “most significant study finding.”
"From my view, our most meaningful finding was how much these men—almost all of whom were practicing yoga for the first time—enjoyed the practice, believed it had improved their physical and/or mental health, and viewed it as a promising treatment option
I think this is important given that people in the U.S. often think of yoga as a woman’s activity ... and, more specifically, a privileged young white woman’s activity. This study lends support that this isn’t the case, given the diversity of these male veterans in terms age, race, and economic status." .
Lindsey B. Hopkins, Ph.D., study information co-investigator & research fellow at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care Center