How Yoga Benefits People to Get Out of Depression

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Om Singh
A born nomad, Om is always on the lookout for interesting places to visit. It took him 25 years of his life to realize where his true calling lies, but once that was done, there’s been no looking back. Since the last ten years that he is on the go, he has been sharing his travel experiences by writing about them. Currently, he's blogging at Wanderlust Yoga Retreats

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Overwhelming sadness, excessive fatigue, insomnia, and emptiness are feelings that overcome our emotions during certain phases of our lives. While some people tend to cry even at the smallest things, others show no sign of depression till it reaches a tough stage and the body starts to show the signs of going downhill. At such a level, depression can cause chronic body aches, a state of confusion, and pain that may even stop responding to medicines.

While feeling low sometimes is completely okay, it lasting for over two weeks can prove to be dangerous for your overall wellbeing. This is when the person should seek help. But, aren’t there ways that can help tackle the problem of depression before it reaches its incurable stage?

Yes, there indeed are!

This article is aimed at providing information about Yoga & Meditation practices one can implement in their daily life and take a successful U-turn from whatever stage depression has led them to.

Let’s see what all can yoga do for the one on the verge of breaking down:

  • Helps bring stress levels down,
  • Helps with suicidal feelings stemming from depression,
  • Provides a soothing & calming effect to mind,
  • Helps improve energy levels,
  • Keeps distracted thoughts at bay, helping with concentration, and so on.


How Does Yoga Work Keeping Depression Away?

Yoga has now become a well-known science to cure certain lifestyle-related diseases, the one that does not cause any side-effects too. Many people around the world use it to manage problems like:

  • Mental stress,
  • Emotional stress,
  • Back pains,
  • Anxiety,
  • Weight issues, and so on.

The emphasis on postures (asanas) and breathing techniques is what makes yoga unique and preferred by many for the problems mentioned above.


Various Yoga-asanas & Their Effects

The intricate-looking asanas (or postures) of yoga are aimed at rectification of body-posture that ultimately helps keep the body in good shape and away from diseases. Here are certain yoga-asanas and their benefits to the body defined along:

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  • Bandha Sarvangasana – Bridge Yoga Pose: This pose is aimed at strengthening the spine thus increasing the spinal flexibility. It helps provide relief from stress, anxiety, and insomnia.


  • Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Dog Yoga Pose: This pose not only strengthens the arms but also provides fresh oxygen to the mind, making it calmer.


  • Trikonasana – Triangle Pose: This is one posture that has many health benefits related to body-postures associated to itself. It improves spine flexibility, rectifies incorrect shoulder alignment, and also relieves one of any stiffness in the neck area.


  • Chaturanga – Four Limbed Staff Yoga Pose: This pose focuses on providing strength to arms, wrists, and abdomen. It takes off tension from people who have physically straining jobs.


  • Utkatasana – Chair Yoga Pose: The pose in itself helps strengthen the lower body but it also stimulates the heart, diaphragm, and the abdominal organs.

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There are numerous other yoga types and poses that can help with one’s specific problem areas.


Meditation & Its Effects

Meditation is a mind-body practice that follows various techniques to bring about a sense of calm. Certain body posture is required to be maintained by one meditating and they are supposed to have proper attention, without having the mind let loose.

Practicing meditation has been a part of many cultures and religions since times immemorial. A lot of people outside of these sects too follow meditation because of numerous benefits associated to it. Meditation helps:

  • Increase focus,
  • Improve health,
  • Connect with oneself and a lot more.

The good thing about meditation is that it does not require any kind of equipment. All one needs is enough peaceful space that helps them focus and not get distracted. This is one major reason why more and more people are starting to include meditation as an integral part of their daily-lives. 15-20 minutes of daily life taken out for meditation are all one needs to get rigid about to have relaxed body, mind, and soul.

According to Harvard Medical School, yoga and meditation have “become increasingly popular in the recent decades” when it comes to treating depression and anxiety. So when are you going on a journey within by inculcating the right yoga practices in your daily life?

Yoga can be light for some and strenuous for others, depending on the level they are at and the flexibility their bodies provide them with.


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