Posted September 28, 2018 11:20:18 Tantra yoga, a form of meditation practiced by some Hindu deities, can help the body heal and rejuvenate after a long illness, as well as provide a sense of peace and happiness after a traumatic loss.
But for those who suffer from chronic illness, there are a number of negative side effects associated with the practice.
According to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, the practice can cause “depression, anxiety, and anxiety disorders” among people who do not get enough rest or are forced to take an anti-depressant medication.
“There is some evidence that yoga poses can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, and suicide among people with chronic illnesses,” study co-author David J. Cohen, M.D., said in a news release.
In a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that yoga participants who took an antihistamine medication had more depression symptoms than those who did not.
While the study did not look at whether the participants had a higher suicide risk, Cohen said it is a possibility.
“We are trying to identify what are the mechanisms by which yoga poses may be harmful,” Cohen said.
A number of studies have found that the practice has harmful side effects, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
For example, a study conducted in the U.K. found that people who practiced yoga had a greater risk of developing depression than those without yoga training.
Another study published last year in the journal BMC Medicine found that “those with an increased risk of anxiety and depression were more likely to take anti-psychotic medication and suffer from insomnia.”
But there is also some evidence to suggest that yoga does not lead to any serious harm.
“While the association of yoga with a higher risk of depression and suicide is troubling, we don’t know what the mechanisms are that might account for this,” Cohen added.
“If yoga can help people with depression, we can then look at its safety in general.”
Yoga has long been popular among Westerners who are looking to heal their bodies after an illness.
But the practice is still controversial in the West, and is often shunned by those who have been exposed to the practice, including those who practice yoga for health reasons.
A recent survey conducted by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest found that while 60 percent of Americans believed yoga was “beneficial,” just 28 percent said they had experienced “any harmful consequences.”
One reason yoga may not be well-accepted in the Western world is that it involves an “abstinence” or “recovery” ritual.
However, many people who practice it still claim to have “a good relationship” with the practices.
While there is still a lot of debate as to what yoga is and is not, the new study may help shed some light on the practice’s benefits and negative side-effects.