Depression is a common and very serious medical illness which negatively affects the health. This starts with the way you feel, the way you think and the way you act. This is explained in ancient texts as Vishayi, Vishaya sambhoga. When the senses meet the sense object, the process of interpretation starts that is MIND. With the past experience, mind starts its fluctuations. If these fluctuations are comfortable for only self, then the process will be more and that is attachment. Next time immediate fluctuations comes up without sense object. This is how the habit of thinking happens in one’s life. Thought will be expressed with behavior. As the thoughts needs this mediator, if it is not expressed or suppressed leads to harmful situation called DEPRESSION. It can be identified with symptoms like, feeling of sadness and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, feel worthless, guilty on a daily basis. 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.
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. Many studies proved Yoga as the best medicine for Depression. Yoga keep you mood fresh, positive and calm. 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. Here are few Yoga practices for Depression.
Yoga For Depression – Effective Poses
- Child Pose:– Relieves stress and fatigue as it stretches the lower back and hips.
- Ardhakati Chakrasana:– which enhances the unilateral awareness of body. Slow practice can improve the body-mind interactions and balances the energy usage. This will reduce the thought process and opens up the collateral circulation in the brain.
- Nadishodana Pranayama is the balancing Pranayama, the best practice for two hemispheres of the brain.
- Bridge Pose:– Improves circulation of blood. Helps alleviate stress and mild depression, Calms the brain and central nervous system.
- Reverse Warrior Pose:- Energizes the body and focuses a scattered mind while stretching and strengthening the legs and abs.
- Upward Facing Dog Pose:- Improves posture, Strengthens the spine, arms, wrists, Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen, Stimulates abdominal organs, Helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica.
- Downward Facing Dog Pose:- Reduces fatigue and focuses the mind as it strengthens and stretches most of the body.
- Savasana:- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression, Relaxes the body, Reduces head ache, fatigue, and insomnia, Helps to lower blood pressure.