According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 350 million people suffer from depression around the world, and it is the leading cause of disability. TIME Magazine reported a study that concluded yoga can help those struggling with depression by bringing balance to the autonomic nervous system with deep breathing exercises. Thus, a balance autonomic nervous system leads to better brain functions.
Some people who haven’t responded to traditional treatments might do well with yoga, because unlike antidepressant drugs, yoga and deep breathing target the autonomic nervous system, Streeter says. “If your autonomic nervous system is balanced out, then the rest of the brain works better,” she says. Research shows that 40% of people on antidepressants do not recover fully from depression, says Streeter, which puts them at increased risk for a relapse. “Getting that 40% all the way better is a really important goal. Instead of adding another drug, I would argue that yoga is another thing you can add to the treatment regimen that might help.”
Try these guided practices to ease your depression episode or to prevent yourself from feeling depressed or anxious. Having depression is not the only thing that emotionally drains us, we recommend these yoga practices for everyone as we indulge in the daily challenges from work, family, society, friends, etc.
This is a quick 5-min yoga practice to reset your mind and release the emotions that ails you.
“Take a 5-minute break during your day to ease depression with yoga postures and breath work. We’ll move with ease into downward facing dog, ragdoll, Breath of Joy, cobra and child’s pose. All of these movements are helpful to both calm and invigorate body and mind.”
This 16-minute yoga course by Kat Tillinghast will help you to release stress, diminish anxiety and depressive thoughts that you are feeling right now.
Finally, end your practice and cool down with a breathing exercise by Adriene, a yoga teacher that we often watch to guide us through our yoga and meditation practices.
Dive into meditation this Spring, go inward to focus on what feels good in mind and body. Want to have a good body? Tend to the mind. This 10 min practice is a simple meditation that will create the foundation for transformational practice. Compliment your yoga asana practice with this 10 Min Meditation For Inner Peace.
Yoga With Adriene
We hope that you will achieve a calmer and happier state of mind after these practices. To fully benefit from yoga, we recommend that you practice daily for at least 20 minutes. Yoga has not been proven to treat illness, but it definitely does make you feel better with long-term practices.