Yoga & Mental Health

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the ways in which yoga may impact mental health.


Become familiar with research on how yoga impacts mental health and a general approach for choosing yogic tools.


Explain how we might dismantle assumptions people may have that they are inherently unstable or hopeless. Describe the effects from integrating yoga with psychotherapy (as reported by a clinical psychologist). Cite research that demonstrates yoga’s impact on mental illness. Describe ways in which yoga techniques can help to alleviate symptoms and to support mental health in general. Define a characteristic that can help point to a general approach in choosing yoga tools.