Overcome Depression and Beat the Blues With Yoga

Summary: The high demanding life brings along various problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Yoga is an effective tool in the treatment of overcome depression. Learn about the yoga poses for curing depression.

Majority of people perceive yoga as a physical exercise which offers so many profound benefits to our body such as strong muscles, enhanced flexibility, better balance, etc. But, this is not the whole truth about this glorious science. Yoga offers much more than exercise; it also helps us experience mental calmness and emotional stability.

We live in a modern life where stress and strain form the epicenter. Debts, relationship problems, hectic job schedule, illness, injury, etc. not only tarnish the physical health but also negatively impact our mental well-being. The demands of life hamper our psychological balance much beyond its comfort level. It leaves us disconnected, disenchanted and isolated. The science of yoga is a natural antidepressant that can significantly boost one’s mental health. The practice of yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, and pranayama helps a practitioner let go of worries and induces a sense of calmness, provides emotional stability, increases energy and enhances self-esteem. Controlled, focused practice of yoga asanas strengthens the mind-body connection. Mindful Meditation takes you in a state of thoughtless awareness and helps you focus on the present moment.

If you feel depressed, roll out your yoga mat and try these five wonderful yoga poses. Take a glance at the list:

1. Child Pose or Balasana: Come into a tabletop position with knees hip-distance apart. Place your hips on your heels. Make sure you sit with an erect spine. Upon exhalation, bend forward at the hips draping your torso between your thighs. Place your forehead on the floor and rest your chest and chin on top of the thighs. Extend your arms forward with palms facing down. Relax your elbows. Keep your eyes closed and breathe softly. Hold the pose for about one minute.

2. Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana: Lie flat on your back with arms resting by your side. Bend your knees, and place your feet flat on yoga mat hip-distance apart. Your fingertips should be in contact with the heels. Press your feet into the floor, take a deep breath and lift your hip off the mat. Press down your arms to the floor to lift up your chest and back off the floor. Remain in this pose for 5-10 relaxed breaths.

3. Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana: Begin in mountain pose. Spread your legs 3-4 feet apart and place your hands on your thighs. Turn your right foot out to 90-degrees angle and left foot slightly inwards to 45-degree angle. Turn your torso to the right side and square your hips to the right. Bend your right knee and place your shin perpendicular to the floor. Raise your arms overhead and fold your palms in prayer position. Remain in this pose for 30-60 seconds.

4. Downward Facing Dog Pose or Adho Mukho Svanasana: Kneel on the floor with your wrists under your shoulders and place your knees under your hips. Extend your arms in the front, relax your elbows and spread your fingers wide on a yoga mat. Upon an exhalation; lift your knees off the mat. Slowly straighten your legs and come in an upside down ‘V’ position. Draw your chest towards your thigh and relax your forehead. Remain in the pose for as long as comfortable. Leisurely release the posture.

5. Corpse Pose: Lie on your back with legs stretched in front you and open your feet. Relax your arms about six inches away from your body. Close your eyes and keep breathing. Feel the stress melt away and relax each part of your body. Hold the pose for five minutes. Gently release the pose.

The ideal combination of physical movements and meditation are two powerful tools in overcome depression.

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