Yoga For Depression

Overcome Depression and Relax your Mind with Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga

Depression is a mental health problem which includes feeling of sadness, loss of interest in daily life, low mood or depressed mood. Depression can affect both health and life to a large extent. But Don't Worry, Depression is not a much big problem. Depression can be overcome with Therapeutic yoga. Yoga alleviates stress, calms the mind, builds confidence, increases mental awareness. Therapeutic Yoga for depression lets you fight with it without medication.

To get permanently rid of depression, see some yoga asanas for depression below and give it a try 😊

Some common yoga asanas for depression which can be performed by patients with depression are:

Note

  • During the treatment, all the yoga asanas for depression will be performed with the help of props.
  • Patients will be treated by the trained yoga teachers & under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
  • The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
  • Every person will be advised to perform yoga poses for depression based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by a continuous feeling of sadness, low self-esteem, loss of interest in daily activities for a longer period of time. It affects your ability to think, sense, behave and creates a feeling of being miserable and hopeless. Sometimes people with depression may have suicidal tendencies. Depression can affect a person's personal life, and general health to a large extent.

Depression is a serious medical condition that can be very dangerous if not treated on time, but you don’t need to worry much as people who seek treatment for the depression observes significant improvements and lead a normal life.

The exact causes of depression are not known but there are a number of factors that could be responsible for depression such as:

  1. Genetics - People with any blood relatives with depression are more likely to develop this condition.
  2. Biological changes in the brain.
  3. Environmental factors
  4. Biological changes in neurotransmitter level
  5. Childhood trauma
  6. Psychosocial Factors - The combination of social factors and individual thoughts are responsible for depression.
  7. Hormones - Imbalance of hormones can lead to depression in some individuals.
  8. Brain Structure - People with less active frontal lobe have been linked with depression.
  9. Certain Medical Conditions - People with certain medical conditions such as insomnia, chronic pain, ADHD, etc are at higher risk of depression.
  10. Drug Use - Excessive alcohol consumption and drug use could lead to depression.

Some risk factors associated with depression  are:

  1. Low self-esteem
  2. Being more self- critical
  3. History of mental illness
  4. A stressful event such as the death of a close person or relative, divorce, financial problems.
  5. Being gay, transgender, lesbian.
  6. Certain medications (medicines for high blood pressure, sleeping pills, etc.)
  7. Head injury

People with depression show many signs and symptoms which can be identified easily such as:

  1. Loss of interest in daily activities
  2. Depressed mood
  3. Fatigue or weakness
  4. Feeling of loneliness, hopelessness, sadness, frustration, anxiety, and anger on small matters.
  5. Irregular sleep patterns (loss of sleep or sleeping too much)
  6. Loss of sexual desires and reduced sex drive
  7. Suicidal thoughts
  8. Slow movements,  impaired speech, late response during conversations.
  9. A feeling of being unimportant
  10. Lack of concentration and decision making
  11. Sudden Weight loss or weight gain, loss of appetite or increased hunger.

Frequently Asked Questions for Depression


Yes, Yoga is very good for depression as depressed people has low serotonin levels and yoga increases the production of it. Yoga is a natural way to overcome depression without medication. Yoga for depression calms the mind, increases confidence and relieves mental stress.

There are a lot of ways to fight depression, but the most effective way is to find the root cause and treat it. Never doubt yourself, Try to be with someone you love most of the time, Throw out negative thoughts and invest most of your time with your family and for your health. Yoga is very effective when it comes to overcome depression as it relaxes your mind and provides inner peace, also relieves stress which in turns make you happy.

Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga Treatment for depression is very effective as it involves practising various asanas for mental relaxation and self confidence using supports. Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga asanas for depression with supports let you practice an asana for longer duration for better effect which calms your mind and helps you forget everything to overcome depression.

There are a lot of asanas and pranayama that can cure depression effectively such as Supta Baddha Konasana, Supta Sukhasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Ardha Chandrasana, Sirsasana, Viparita Dandasana, Bharadvajasana, Sarvangasana, Ujjayi Pranayama, Viloma Pranayama, etc. regularly practising these asanas using supports let you cure depression.

Yoga is pretty good for mental health as it relieves stress, reduces stiffness in the body, builds confidence, calms the mind, rejuvenates the nervous system, increases concentration and mental awareness. Continuous Yoga Practice not only boosts up mental energy, but also cures mental disorders like stress, anxiety, depression, etc.

Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga is best for peace of mind which includes use of various supports to practice yoga. Asanas like Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Uttanasana, Viparita Karani, Supta Baddha Konasana can be done with ease using props and a beginner can even stay for longer duration in an asana to get effective results of yoga for peace of mind.