If your friendly psychiatrist has recommended yoga for both preventing and even combating depression & anxiety, then you must be wondering that how would yoga help contribute in alleviating these illnesses.
Mind matters and so does the body. Yoga helps by playing an active role in healing. The neurochemical imbalance seen in major psychiatric (mental) problems is restored through yoga as an add-on therapy.
The correct breathing techniques taught in yoga are the same principles suggested in various relaxation exercises by psychiatrists to patients facing anxiety.
Yoga also ensues a sense of tranquility, which leads to a release of endorphins, and decreases cortisol (stress hormone). Therefore, it scientifically helps diseases ranging from – depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, addiction (few cases) and stress.
Here are a few Yoga Asanas recommended to combat depression:
- Child’s pose (Balaasana) – it improves blood circulation to the brain and is a soothing pose.
- Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose) – increases blood flow to spine by stretching and helps relieve stress & spasms.
- Advanced – Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) – helps increase blood flow to brain and also evokes attention & concentration.
- Supported corpse pose (Shavasana) – relaxation pose
- Focused breathing – it helps in allaying anxiety by slowing down heart rate by focusing on one’s breathing.
Making yoga a part of your lifestyle has a plethora of benefits. Start today.
-Dr. Era Dutta
MD Psychiatry, MBBS
Fortis Healthcare, Kolkata