Yoga therapy

What practice relieves the symptoms of depression

If the internal energy is out of control, and the mind is torn, an attempt to calm down can only aggravate the situation.

I began to suffer from agoraphobia, a fear of open space, ten years ago. Her forerunner was sudden panic attacks, which, once started, occurred more and more often. For the first three years, I took anti-depressants and attended a psychotherapist, and then I started practicing yoga. I cannot say that thanks to her, I instantly got rid of the problems that tormented me. But one thing is clear: in eight years of practice, I reconsidered my attitude towards myself, gained a sense of self-esteem and confidence in my abilities.

Understand and accept

Over the long years of my illness, I realized that panic attacks and long periods of anxiety contribute to depression. According to research by the National Institute of Mental Health, panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress, as well as all sorts of phobias are almost always accompanied by emotional depression and apathy.

The practice of asanas reduces the production of stress hormones in the body - cortisol and adrenaline - and thereby contributes to relaxation. Relaxation helps us accept our feelings, not avoid them or fight them. It is important to determine the psychological causes that cause anxiety and depression. So, yoga is an important step towards solving psychological problems.

Burning hearts

Iyengar senior yoga teacher Patricia Walden and therapist Timothy McCall call depression, anxiety, rajasic depression. It would seem that if rajas, the energy of excitement, hits over the edge and you feel excessive anxiety and fear, the restoring, soothing practice should be the ideal program of studies. In fact this is not true. If the internal energy is out of control, and the mind is torn, an attempt to calm down can only aggravate the situation. In this state, Walden recommends that students begin the practice with dynamic and warming postures: Adho Mukha Vrikshasana (Handstands).

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II postures) or Surya Namaskar. Firstly, these asanas burn nervous energy, and secondly, they give a restless mind an opportunity to focus on practice. For beginners who find it difficult to practice these poses, one should pay attention to Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Dog pose muzzle Down), you can rest with your head, after which Viparita Karani (the Bent Candle posture) will be useful. Provided that you concentrate on breathing and do not work with the body aggressively, the asana will lift your spirits without causing excitement.

Open up to the world

Backbends reveal the chest area, helping to cope with emotional problems. With apathy, focus on inhaling - this will add energy to you. And when excited, focus attention on the exhale - it will calm the nervous system.

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