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 Depression  Holistic-online.com

Yoga

Yoga is a relaxing form of exercise that can help alleviate depression. Meditation and yoga poses can help you attack the root cause of depression - the feeling that you can't handle the demands of your life. It tones the nervous system, stimulates circulation, promotes concentration, and energizes your mind and body.

Practice a daily yoga routine that includes 30 minutes of meditation and at least 20 minutes of poses. Yoga stretching exercises help improve blood circulation making it easier to break through the lethargy that often accompanies depression.

Breathing (Pranayama)

The breathing exercise known as ujjayi pranayama is beneficial for healing depression.

See Also: Pranayama or breathing exercises of yoga

Breathing exercises for depression

Yoga Asanas Recommended For Depression

bulletThe Sun Salutation (12 repetitions a day)
bullet Bow pose
bullet Corpse Pose
bullet Maha Mudra
bullet Plow pose
bullet Shoulder Stand
bullet Vajrasana (Sitting on the Heels)

Yoga Relaxation Exercise for Depression

Try the following tense-relax exercise as you lie in the Corpse Pose:

  1. As you inhale through your nose, tighten the muscles in your knees, calves, ankles, feet, and toes. Hold the tension, then relax and exhale.

  2. Inhale, tensing all of these parts as well as your abdomen, pelvis, hips, and thighs. Hold them taut, then relax and exhale.

  3. Tense the muscles in your neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, waists, hands, fingers, chest as well as muscles in your trunk and legs. Hold the tension, then relax and exhale.

  4. Finally, starting with your scalp, face, and head, tense all of your body muscles. Hold the tension, then relax and exhale. Feel how all of the tension has melted away from your body.

See Also: Yoga Infocenter in Holisticonline.com

Ayurveda for depression

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