Depression is described and experienced in different ways.
However, in simple words, it is a combination of negative feelings in the
suffering person that makes him lethargic and sad. In fact, if this feeling
persists for more than two weeks, it is called depression
and is a matter of concern and sometimes medication also. If unattended, it may
lead to serious health problems.
However, if the symptoms are detected earlier and the person
is motivated to make use of some specific yoga asanas, he will certainly feel improvement in his mental, emotional
and physical health. But if the case is severe, it is advisable that you do not
stop medicines while practicing yoga.
Depression and anxiety has been treated with the help of
meditation and yoga asanas. Though medical
literature has given almost no stress on yoga and meditation, today doctors
believe and recommend yoga
to patients suffering from depression.
Benefits of Yoga for Depression
Meditation is simply right way of breathing
exercise and it helps lower the blood pressure, reduce heart rate and ease
It brings awareness, breathing and improves concentration.
This benefits you physically and emotionally and you must focus on the correct
form of yoga asana paying attention
to balance and breathing.
Yoga Asanas for Depression
If you are coping with depression you can practice following
yoga asanas under expert’s
Simhasana or Lion Pose – This helps loosen up your muscles with
a tight and clenched jaw. Muscles of the face is
used and relaxed. Repetition of this pose eases the tension by melting it away.
You can yell or roar while performing this yoga asana for better results.
Matsya Asana – This
releases the pressure and tightness that is felt in the chest. This asana is very beneficial for tensed
neck, shoulder and lower back muscles.
Balasana – This is a comforting and peaceful yoga asana. It also promotes a feeling of
wellbeing and security. Arms and lower back feels tension free.
Virabhadrasana – This is an easy and yet very powerful asana. The person feels balanced and
finds emotional and physical equilibrium with this asana.
Savasana – People usually find this asana very simple and some are skeptical about its benefits. In
reality the benefits of savasana is
endless. This asana relaxes the
person completely. People suffering from insomnia can end their day with this
pose. They will get rid of the problem very soon and will have a good and sound
Yoga is a very good way to fight with depression. It has no
side effects and it will benefit you by and large. Just stay focused and have
faith in this age old tradition of staying fit and healthy. You will find that
you have improved balance and mood and will release tension from your body as
well as mind.
Prefer taking positive and practical approach towards
fighting depression. If you opt for yoga and do it regularly and correctly you
will not only find a difference in getting cured from depression, but you will
also feel energetic and enthusiastic after some time. Avoid any strenuous yoga asana and make sure you do not feel any
pain in your body.
Take a yoga class to learn the right way of doing yoga asanas so that you get the maximum
benefit. Do not give up hope or practicing yoga in any case. Be consistent and
regular. Meditation will bring dramatic difference in your life, if done