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Yoga for Depression

What is Depression?

Depression is a state of mind where the negative thoughts hamper one’s overall quality of life by affecting their brain and mental health. It is one of the most common causes of mental illness affecting one’s state of mind, mood, and ability to do things. There are simple cure of this disease is yoga for Depression and pranayama for depression.  Read this article till the end to get all the information about yoga for depression.

How does Depression present?


• Feeling of guilt or worthlessness.

• Reduced concentration

• Indecisiveness

• Don’t feel right about anything.

• Having suicidal thoughts

• Continuously feeling low, tired or fatigue

• Lack of interest in doing anything

• Significant change in weight, one can gain or lose

• Loss of appetite or overeating

How does depression affect the body?

Depression has psychological, physiological, and emotional effects on the body. It presents in various ways. A few of them are listed below.

• Feeling of sadness or emptiness

• Insomnia, inability to sleep

• Problem with memory or decisions making

• Cause panic attacks

• Risk of heart attack

• Result in relationship issues, social isolation or may lead to self-harm

• Weight fluctuation

• Weakens the immune system

• Low energy levels

• Increases risk of heart attack

How does yoga help with depression and What are the best yoga for depression?

By performing various limbs (8) of yoga, which grossly involve the use of different poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), relaxation (shava asana), and mediation techniques (dhyana), one can improve the overall quality of life. Yoga for depression helps in aiding the union of the mind and the body to a better mental health.

It helps by improving flexibility, getting relief from pain by loosening the stressed muscles, helps in maintaining a balance between emotions and thoughts, reduces the pulse rate, lowers blood pressure, and lowers the levels of stress-related brain chemicals (cortisol). All the Yoga for depression calms the mind and helps in reducing the fear, anxiety, or panic attacks.

Yoga for depression is believed to help in regulating hormonal imbalance and in the uplifting of mood when done regularly (>12 weeks).
The slow breathing exercises with meditative techniques help in inducing a certain sense of calmness and feeling of well-being. It reduces stress, and assists in focusing better, which help in dealing with multiple factors causing depression.

Yoga for depression and pranayama for depression helps to strengthen your inner power and mental peace, the two essential elements required for fighting depression. Meditative methods of yoga help in establishing a connection with one-self, help to focus better and strengthen the body-mind relationship.

Yoga Poses for depression:


downward facing dog pose yoga for depression

Downward-Facing Dog Pose (AdhoMukhaSvanasana)

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forward bend pose best yoga for depression

Seated forward bend (Paschimottanasana)

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plow pose yoga for depression

Plow Pose (Halasana) – Best Yoga For Depression

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Wide-Angle Standing Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

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upward facing bow pose pranayama for depression

Upward-Facing Bow Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

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Child’s pose (Balasana)

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shoulder stand pose yoga for depression

Shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

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Research behind this article

4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.-gov/  11156813/

Mrs Mahima

Mrs. Mahima Raikwar

Diploma in Yoga teacher Training (Certified Trainer)
M.A. & B.ed





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