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Yoga For Depression: An Easy Way To Fight Depression And Anxiety

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April 24, 2018
Manmohan Singh
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“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.”- B.K.S. Iyengar

Someday days are bright as sunshine and others gloomy and grey. These feelings of imbalance and mood swings are part of life. Heavy-heartedness, hopelessness, feeling empty, blues, etc., can be simply reminiscent manners of expression. But when this recurs often then it’s not merely about the evocative expression. This can be a depression which, if not treated can become a life-ruining disease. With the help of yoga, you can safely and effectively combat it.

Yoga For Depression

Depression is an ailment that affects the brain based on your reaction to your feelings- sadness, dejection, heartbreak, loss of loved one, etc. When these feelings turn out to be more intense and worse than these can lead to a medical condition of ‘clinical depression’.

Yoga is one of the best curative measures that wards off the depression, change your thoughts into positive ones, increases blood circulation to the brain, and produces more hormones that elevate mood. Yoga for anxiety and depression doesn’t have any side-effects and is a better option than other medications for the problem.

How yoga for depression works?

As mentioned, yoga is one powerful treatment to fight depression, but to gain an effective result it is important to know your depression. In many studies, it is written that anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand. According to National Institute of Mental Health, many anxiety disorders including- panic disorder, OCD, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are often accompanied by depression.  Even stress puts an impact on our mood and emotion and can lead to mild as well as chronic depression.

Asana Practice Helps

Yoga asanas are highly efficient in reducing cortisol and adrenaline leading to a more relaxed state. Once the relaxed feeling infuses in, many people talk about their feelings rather hiding them or escaping from it. Yoga for stress and anxiety promotes a calm mind and peaceful soul. Asanas you can practice to combat depression.

Balasana
Setu Bandhasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Halasana
Uttanasana
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Bhujangasana
Virabhadrasana
Savasana

Meditation To Feel Calm From Within

Meditation is a great way to calm your mind and relax your body. Daily practice of meditation boosts serotonin level in the body and neutralizes the depression occupying the brain. Meditation helps to balance emotions, feelings and prepares you to face the ups-downs of the life. It helps to overcome the negative experiences of the past and gives you a more positive outlook. Meditation also helps to improve your mood and lets you live a happier and positive life.

Breathe To Feel-Free

Depression, stress, and anxiety occupy our mind with negative thoughts and incidents that make us feel bound. Practicing yoga sets us free from all these unwanted expressions, feelings, and thoughts. Pranayama is a powerful technique that distracts and shifts your consciousness towards the body and inner-self. It purifies the mind, body, and increases energy level. When you feel distracted by these undesirable thoughts, bring your focus towards the breath. Practice Pranayama like- Nadi Shodhana, Kapalbhati, Ujjayi, Nadi Shodhana and Bhastrika.

The practice of yoga is an everyday thing that makes you feel the change in your body and life. Practice daily to reach the final goal of attaining tranquility, harmony, and deliverance.

Author Bio:  Manmohan Singh is a freelance writer and he is practicing yoga for last 10 years.  He has written various blogs on yoga poses.

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