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Yoga for Depression

13 Jan 2020 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy

Yoga for Depression

What is Depression ?

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.Learn How Yoga for Depression

When you are depressed, your concentration decreases and indecisiveness takes over. All the hobbies and activities you enjoyed previously now don’t seem appealing at all. There will be a significant change in your weight – you either gain it or lose it.

Proper Counseling and psychotherapy are the natural remedies but are not effective than self realization. Self control, self realization, self awareness are the basic parameters concerned in YOGA. Hence Yoga can be beneficial for Depression.

Why Yoga for Depression ?

Yoga poses increase blood circulation to the brain and stops the production of those hormones which are causing depression. Yoga does not have any side effects and this is the best reason it became a better option as compared to other streams of medicine. Hence, Yoga keeps you in fresh, positive and calm mood .Here are some poses that helps you deal with depression.

  1. Shavasana : This asana relaxes the whole psycho-physiological system.It should ideally be practised before sleep, before, during and after asana practice, praticularly after dynamic exercises such as surya namaskar and when practitioner feels physically and mentally tired. It develops body awarness. When the body is completely relaxed, awarness of the mind increases, developing pratyahara.
  2. Bridge Pose : Bridge Pose is an accessible backbend that will open your front body and leave you feeling grounded and rejuvenated. It greatly improves circulation of blood. Helps alleviate stress and mild depression, Calms the brain and central nervous system.
  3. Child Pose : Child’s Pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue. It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while softly and passively stretching the muscles of the back torso.
  4. Reverse Warrior Pose : Reverse Warrior — Viparita Virabhadrasana (VIP-uh-REE-tuh veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh) — is a standing yoga pose that stretches the waist and energizes the whole body. within this pose, you will be giving your brain quite a workout as well. when practiced with a little mindfulness and awareness, this posture can be really awesome for your body. 
  5. Ardhakati Chakrasana : It helps in clearing blockages in the lungs and improves breathing. It increases blood supply to ateral thoracic muscles as they are stretched .
Breathing Techniques

Pranayama : The regular practice of Pranayama can be quite effective in not only overcoming anxiety and depression among the elderly but also help them in promoting mental health which will help them develop a sort of resilience to any kind of mental or physical illness. Pranayam’s like bhramari and nadisodhana helps greatly in improving your thinking capacity.

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