Yoga Helps Cure Depression

· February 13, 2017
Have you ever taken a yoga class? Are you wondering if it’s the right thing for you? Studies have shown that yoga is ideal for those experiencing anxiety, stress, and - the focus of this article - depression.

Have you been feeling down lately? Did you run into that old friend known as “depression”?

Depression is still one of the worst problems of our time. It’s a disease that must be faced with full strength.

The problem arises when you’re willing to fight it but lack the strength. In fact, this is one of the symptoms of depression: the lack of will to do anything.

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We’re not talking about the little pleasures that no longer bring you any joy or make you feel anything. Have you really changed that much?

No. Everything is a product of depression.

It’s rare these days to find someone who’s not taking medication to cure their depression. Unfortunately, though, using drugs to treat this disease can have devastating effects.

Why not try more natural therapy? What about yoga?

Yoga, an excellent substitute for medication


First of all, it’s important to remember that, like anything, yoga isn’t a simple, easy cure-all for depression. Like any medication, yoga will help, but it’s not the final answer.

There are many studies that have confirmed this. A study published by the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, for example, explains the following benefits of yoga when it comes to depression:

  • It helps reduce anxiety and stress
  • It allows you to be more in touch with your mood
  • You can more effectively manage your emotions
  • You’ll be psychologically stronger to face different situations

These are just some of the benefits that yoga can provide you, and all this from short sessions of between 15 minutes to a maximum of 45 minutes.

Anyone who has been to at least one yoga class will remember the state of mental and physical relaxation that stays with them afterwards.

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The perfect antidote for a variety of problems

Yoga can be used to treat various diseases, but it’s especially good for those that affect your physical and mental well-being.

Depression is more than just a mental state – it also manifests itself physically. Migraines, stomach aches, heart palpitations…all of these symptoms can be caused by depression.

Practicing yoga allows you to deal with these respiratory and digestive problems that are basically warning you that something is wrong with your body. It’s nothing more than a wake up call to the fact that you have a problem that needs to be solved.

In addition to all this, however, yoga will allow you to get out of your house and interact with the rest of the world, instead of locking yourself up and further fueling your depression.

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Connecting with other people, doing something different, getting a little exercise, and relaxing and soothing your mind is the best medication to fight that terrible depression that’s lurking in the background.

Elevate your mood


When depression appears, everything suddenly turns dark and pessimistic. In reality this is not the case – it’s just the way that your mind decides to see the world.

If you’re sad, everything around you will seem negative and you’ll believe that bad things always happen to you. Yoga can make you aware of the fact that it’s up to you to change that attitude.

You’ll learn to better read your emotions and be more aware of what you feel. The only way to start to deal with those negative thoughts is by understanding your feelings.

Yoga is sometimes combined with small doses of meditation, which undoubtedly makes this practice even more effective.

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This age-old practice will allow you to improve your flexibility and balance – not just physically, but also mentally. Yoga will help you know yourself and heal from within.

Break free from your depression by trying something new and different that will ultimately be positive for you. Depression can set you back, but aren’t you the protagonist of your life?

Don’t let it take the reins from you.