Depression and Yoga

You already know how I feel about exercise in general, the absolute importance of moving your body, getting oxygen to your brain, and getting those endorphins moving.

This really is a guaranteed way to not only get yourself looking better, but hands down the best and most immediate way of shifting your mood and improving your emotional state.

You will read this same statement anywhere you search about how exercise can help your depression. And there is a reason for that; because it’s true!

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I can totally understand that not everybody is into hauling their butt into the gym and picking up the weights or getting out and running a couple of miles. Understandable. But, there are many ways of getting your daily exercise, and you should definitely pick one that suits you.

Yoga is one of my favorite ‘feel good’ exercise routines. I’m recommending it here because I think it’s a form of exercising that many people enjoy. You don’t have to by a gym-buff or exceptionally athletic to take up yoga. There are all kinds of levels for all kinds of people, just like there’s many different styles of yoga.

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Now, there’s another reason I’m recommending yoga, and that’s the high level of oxygen that you’ll get to your brain through just one session.

Yoga is all about breathing, and deep breathing is great to help shift your body out of it’s negative state when you are depressed.

I started practicing yoga about six years ago and was introduced to Hatha Yoga practice by a good friend of mine who kept telling me it was the best thing I could do for myself. She was pretty spot on, as I’ve been practicing ever since. Although I haven’t always been as consistent in my practice as I would want to be, it has remained a part of my life.

And I couldn’t praise it’s benefits enough, it really is the best thing you could do for your body.

I’ve experimented with different styles of yoga through the years, and have decided that Ashtanga Yoga is the one that best suits me, it’s energetic, quick-paced, flowing and a very intense workout. I feel immediately better, always.

If you have any doubts about the benefits of yoga, all you have to do is check out a video or book by David Swenson, he’s well into his 60s and looks fantastic, with an agility and flexibility that is pretty insane! He is my total inspiration, and if you’re ready to be blown away by what the body can do check out this video that features him and his friends (all over 50 years old).

Ashtanga for Natural Cures for DepressionAshtanga Yoga: The Practice

There are yoga studios pretty much everywhere now, and most gyms offer yoga classes too, so try out a few classes and see what you think. If you’re not feeling motivated enough to make it to the gym you can always do it from home, there are many DVDs that are targeted at beginners. Here’s a great website I found that has a selection of the best yoga dvds out there.

Here are several yoga poses that are particularly good for calming the nervous system, and will be good for anyone experiencing anxiety or depression.

Here is another great resource, this one for your bookshelf, that you will find invaluable in learning how to harness your own body-mind connection and creating health and vitality in a safe and natural way.
	Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness Through Meditation, Yoga, and AyurvedaHealing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness Through Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda
Here you will find a step-by-step program based on the ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda, that focuses on eliminating the root of depression from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of your being. There is a detailed questionnaire, which identifies which archetype most represents your experience with depression, and then there is a tailor-made health program to combat that particular experience. All the areas of yoga, meditation, exercise, breathing, sleeping and diet are covered.

The link below is to another great find, one that I’ve recently signed up to because of the incredible convenience of practicing at home and the low cost of the program. For $5 a week you can practice with Rodney Yee, who is actually one of my favorite yoga teachers. His yoga style is flowing and can be for beginners as well as more advanced yogis, as you can opt on modifications to the poses.