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Title of study:

The role of physical activity and mindfulness on mood in an acute yoga intervention for people experiencing depression or anxiety: a randomised controlled cross-over study.

About the study:

for physical health. Mindfulness, which is attention to the present moment, also demonstrates positive effects on mood and mental health, however, not much is known about the effects of combining the two activities on mood in people with depression/anxiety. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the effect of different combinations of 30-minute periods of exercise and mindfulness on mood state, and whether there are short-term effects. It is hoped the findings of this study could allow a broader range of exercises to be prescribed for the management of depression and anxiety symptoms.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Aged 18-44 years
  • Experience depression and/or anxiety
  • Able to attend all appointments: 1 per week for 6 weeks At Unisa Health City West
  • Do not currently practice yoga, mindfulness or meditation more than once per week
  • No recent medication changes
  • No physical or cognitive impairments that would hinder your ability to participate in a yoga practice
  • Able to speak, read and write in English


Free yoga and exercise sessions.

The results from this study may help to determine whether adding components - such as mindfulness – to exercise produces greater relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety and greater increases in positive moods. These results may inform future exercise treatment guidelines for depressive and anxiety disorders.

Contact details for more information or to register your interest:

unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au  ph: 8302 1365 or register your interest at our website: https://www.jacintabrinsleyclinicalyoga.com/yogaformentalhealth