Month: May 2012

Atlas Yoga Teacher Training in Cambridge and Port Dover

If you have been thinking about becoming a yoga teacher or taking the training to deepen your own personal practice we have two immersive style programs coming up.  The one month intensive is quickly approaching.  This program runs from 6:30am-3pm Monday-Friday from Tuesday, July 3 – Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

This is the first year we will be offering a program in Port Dover at the Twisted Fish Yoga Studio.  Located near the water in a great location for 4 five day intensives. Starting in August this program finishes in October.  Email us as if you would like more information about these upcoming programs.

There is still space available in both programs.

yoga & depression

Despite the availability of many treatment options, depressive disorders remain a global public health problem. Even in affluent nations, 70% of reported cases either do not receive the recommended level of treatment or do not get treated at all, and this percentage does not reflect cases of depression that go unreported due to lack of access to health care, stigma, or other reasons.

In developing countries, the World Health Organization estimates that <10% receive proper depression care due to poverty, stigma, and lack of governmental mental health resources and providers. Current treatments do not work for everyone, and even people who achieve remission face a high risk of recurrence and residual disability.

The development of low-cost effective interventions that can serve either as initial therapy for mild symptoms or as adjunctive therapy for partial responders to medication is an immense unmet need. Positive activity interventions (PAIs), such as yoga[1], teach individuals ways to increase their positive thinking, positive affect, and positive behaviors.

The majority of such interventions, which have obtained medium-size effect sizes, have been conducted with non-depressed individuals, but two randomized controlled studies in patients with mild clinical depression have reported promising initial findings.

In this article, the authors review the relevant literature on the effectiveness of various types of PAIs, draw on social psychology, affective neuroscience and psychopharmacology research to propose neural models for how PAIs might relieve depression, and discuss the steps needed to translate the potential promise of PAIs as clinical treatments for individuals with major and minor depressive disorders.

Kristin Layous, MA,1 Joseph Chancellor, MA,1 Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD,1 Lihong Wang, MD, PhD,2 and P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP2

1Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, CA.

2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC.

Address correspondence to:

Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD

Department of Psychology

University of California

Riverside, CA 92521


See full ariticle

[1] Not in the original text, my personal addition.


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