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This Just In: Study Says Meditation & Yoga Can Help With Chronic Pain & Depression

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, patients with chronic pain and depression found significant improvement in their pain levels, mood and functional capacity after introducing mindfulness meditation and yoga into their routines. After, those who participated filled out a Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), a standard measure of depression, and their scores dropped 3.7 points on a 27-point scale. Wild, right? That’s the beauty of meditation and yoga. For centuries, the practices have been viewed as go-to rituals for those looking to find purpose and connection – and they continue to prove their importance in 2020, a year we can all benefit from a little flow.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we rounded up 5 of our fan-favorite audio-guided sessions we’re sure will come in handy the next time you’re having an off day. Whip out your phone, find Yoga Wake Up & press play!

How Much Time You’ll Need: 5:28 minutes

Instructor: Magalie Rene

What People Are Saying: “Very powerful, inspirational and something I really needed to hear during this dark time to lift my spirits.”

How Much Time You’ll Need: 12:07 minutes

Instructor: Niki Saccareccia

About The Session: This practice releases the emotional and mental strain that accumulates during the day, while targeting common stress zones in the hips, back and shoulders.

How Much Time You’ll Need: 11:08 minutes

Instructor: Jen Smith

About The Session: This Wake Up will lead you through a few poses on your belly so if you don’t have a comfortable floor to lay on, make sure to lay out your yoga mat or towel.

How Much Time You’ll Need: 9:11 minutes

Instructor: Maeve McCaffrey

What People Are Saying: “Sweet! Active and energizing, yet also meditative.”

How Much Time You’ll Need: 13:48 minutes

Instructor: Angela Leigh

What People Are Saying: “This might be my favorite of the ‘get up’ type of wakeups so far! I love the balance between movement & meditation – perfect way to ease into the day!”


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