13 Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga Asanas For Depression
What is Depression?
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 which 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.
Causes and Risk Factors of Depression
The exact causes of depression are not known but there are a number of factors that could be responsible for depression such as:
- Genetics - People with any blood relatives with depression are more likely to develop this condition.
- Biological changes in the brain.
- Environmental factors
- Biological changes in neurotransmitter level
- Childhood trauma
- Psychosocial Factors - The combination of social factors and individual thoughts are responsible for depression.
- Hormones - Imbalance of hormones can lead to depression in some individuals.
- Brain Structure - People with less active frontal lobe have been linked with depression.
- Certain Medical Conditions - People with certain medical conditions such as insomnia, chronic pain, ADHD, etc are at higher risk of depression.
- Drug Use - Excessive alcohol consumption and drug use could lead to depression.
Some risk factors associated with depression are:
- Low self-esteem
- Being more self- critical
- History of mental illness
- A stressful event such as the death of a close person or relative, divorce, financial problems.
- Being gay, transgender, lesbian.
- Certain medications (medicines for high blood pressure, sleeping pills, etc.)
- Head injury
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
People with depression shows many signs and symptoms which can be identified easily such as:
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Depressed mood
- Fatigue or weakness
- Feeling of loneliness, hopelessness, sadness, frustration, anxiety, and anger on small matters.
- Irregular sleep patterns (loss of sleep or sleeping too much)
- Loss of sexual desires and reduced sex drive
- Suicidal thoughts
- Slow movements, impaired speech, late response during conversations.
- A feeling of being unimportant
- Lack of concentration and decision making
- Sudden Weight loss or weight gain, loss of appetite or increased hunger.
Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga for Depression
- During the treatment all the asanas 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 condition.
- Every person will be advised to perform asanas based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.
1. Supta Baddha Konasana
2. Supta Sukhasana
3. Utthita Trikonasana
4. Adho Mukha Svanasana
5. Ardha Chandrasana
7. Viparita Dandasana
9. Adho Mukha Virasana
11. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
12. Ujjayi Pranayam
13. Viloma Pranayama
- Depression is a mood disorder characterized by a continuous feeling of sadness, low self-esteem, loss of interest in daily activities.
- Genetics, environmental factors, psychosocial and biological factors are the main causes of depression.
- Sadness and loss of interest in daily activities are the common symptoms of depression.
- All the asanas must be performed in the proper sequence and under the guidance of a trained yoga teacher.