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Yoga And Depression

We are all taught how to walk, run, we are provided formal education is school which develops our mind…

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and teaches us to communicate with the outside world and we are forever looking outside for answers and solutions to everything in life.

But we never pay attention to what going on inside, the mind, the thoughts, the behavioural patterns, our weakness and negative functions due to which we remain strangers to ourselves and this keeps creating conflicts in our external world specially our relation with our closed one’s. This along with many other factors, incidents from the past are the cause of Depression. Living with depression can be deeply isolating and make you feel very frustrated, and almost feels like you have zero interest in life, you tend to sleep more, avoid situations and circumstances. You ted to feel completely lost and feel you have no purpose in life.

Depression, or major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition marked by an overwhelming feeling of sadness, isolation and despair that affects how a person thinks, feels and functions. The condition may significantly interfere with a person’s daily life and may prompt thoughts of suicide. Depression isn’t the same as sadness, loneliness or grief caused by a challenging life experience, such as the death of a loved one.

YOGA FOR DEPRESSION

Evidence keeps stacking up that yoga is a boon for both physical and mental health conditions. Yoga has become increasingly popular in the West, and many new yoga practitioners cite stress-reduction and other mental health concerns as their primary reason for practicing. It’s important to have a practice that you can do every day to become resilient and relaxed. Yoga students can activate this mechanism appropriately when under stress and go back to being relaxed.

If you have depression (or simply want a mood boost), some poses seem to be more effective than others, backbends, for instance, open up the rib cage and chest, which is helpful for depression because it encourages resilience in people who tend to slouch. Passive backbends (those supported with props) and hand balances against the wall are also empowering. And inversions like handstands next to a wall demand focus, which is helpful for people with depression who can get caught up in ruminating thoughts. When inverted, students can’t have anything else on their minds.

Other poses can specifically ease symptoms of anxiety, which often goes hand in hand with depression, especially if you Do Yoga practice with consistency and work toward challenging poses like down dog, upward dog, plank gives a sensation to the body of being able overcome their thoughts. For someone who has anxiety, it’s adviced to give them a little intense yoga practice.

Breathing exercises can also be a great supplement to a yoga practice if you have depression, anxiety or both. Try practicing abdominal breathing or 20 minutes of breathing at five breaths per minute, spending equal time inhaling and exhaling. Such exercises allow people to get into their breath, and there’s a freedom in their bodies that they hadn’t felt before yoga.

So don’t waste more time get onto your mat and let yoga heal you and within no time all your pains and sufferings will vanish.

Source: Shivoham Yoga School

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