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Yoga and Depression

Practicing yoga can trigger positive changes in the brain areas that impair cognitive function and perceive pain, anxiety, and depression. Yoga can also elongate muscles, improve joint circulation and increase flexibility to help strengthen the body and prevent future injury. Other benefits recognized from consistent yoga exercise include range of motion and a noticeable reduction of painful stiffness.
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Recent studies show that yoga may reduce the impact of stress, help with anxiety and depression, be a relaxing technique similar to meditation, and improve energy levels.


Yoga is a type of exercise that involves a variety of body poses, breathing techniques, and meditation.  This therapy may help with symptoms of depression such as difficulty concentrating or energy loss.


Many people utilize yoga to manage:


- stress, anxiety or depression

- medical conditions such as low back pain

-chronic or long-term pain

-general health and well being


According to Dr. Mason Turner, yoga "can be very powerful in the treatment of depression."  Meditation brings a person into the present moment while controlled, focused poses help strengthen the body-mind connection.


It has been found that yoga increases serotonin levels in a natural way.  It is believed that serotonin plays a major part in happiness as people suffering from depression have lower serotonin levels.


Yoga promotes a gentle, calming, and fluid nature as your instructor will focus on breathing, concentration, and smooth movement.  They may also encourage you to think of positive images to relax the body and mind.


Certain yoga physical movements can help reduce certain symptoms.  The corpse pose, where you totally relax flat on your back, may help with sleep issues.  Learning to use more challenging poses including the supported shoulder stand or supported headstand can help improve concentration.


Research indicates that yoga may aid in treating stress, anxiety, and depression.  Yoga is a gentle exercise that uses both meditation and controlled physical movements.  The emphasis on deep breathing and stretching your body is beneficial in treating symptoms of depression.   No matter which physical movements of yoga are chosen, you can utilize the poses to suit your level.

Source: Healthline