The first step to fighting depression is to manage its symptoms. And in this endeavour, yogic practices like breathing exercises and asanas can help.
Depression, also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a state of mind or mood that causes a persistent sadness and loss of interest. It affects how a person feels, thinks and behaves and can lead to emotional and physical turbulence.
Yoga can be very beneficial in dealing with depression because it involves different postures, breathing techniques, and meditation which helps to relieve stress, improve concentration, bring positive energy and improves over all well-being and mind body connection.
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Medical studies also show how yoga boosts the production of happy hormones in the body, thus making it a holistic way of managing depressive symptoms. But if you are new to yoga and are wondering where and how you can begin your journey to better mental health with this practice, then here’s help.
Here six yoga asanas you must try for depression:
1. Baddha konasana or butterfly pose
- It improves circulation
- Massively helps reduce anxiety
2. Shishuasana or child’s pose
- Allows deep relaxation
- Has a calming effect on the nervous system
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3. Setubandhasana or bridge pose
- Calms the mind
- Helps manage thyroid problems
4. Halasana or plough pose
- Improves mood and energy levels
- Reduces stress
Also, read: These 5 effective yoga poses can reduce symptoms of depression
5. Shavasana or corpse pose
- Helps relax the body
- Allows rejeuvenation
6. Adhomukh svanasana or downward-facing dog
- Increases blood circulation to brain
- Boosts mood
Also, read: Here’s how depression affected my whole life & how I won over it
Breathing exercises can also bring relief as they offer emotional stability
You can start with a centring practise
Sit in a cross-legged position. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing pattern, inhalation and exhalation. Remove any unwanted or unpleasant thoughts and emotions as you breathe, and slowly try to turn your attention back to your breathing. The key here is to focus on your inhalation and exhalation in order to prevent your mind from wandering off. This is a powerful tool for also preventing low moods and breath awareness restores energy during, lightens your emotional burden, and relaxes the mind.
Apart from this, you can also try meditation, chanting, and pranayama to calm your mind and bring in some positivity into your life—while dealing with depression.
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