5 Yoga Poses That Help With Depression

5 Yoga Poses that Can Help With Depression Yoga can be a powerful practice for battling depression. The use of breathwork as well as the increased blood flow to the brain that comes from certain poses, all act to soothe our nerves and help us reach a calm state. A regular practice of yoga and meditation can affect our neurotransmitters in positive ways, and of course enhance our overall health, which also helps to lift depression. Click here to read the full article at www.care2.com

Here are five poses that can specifically help with depression:

Forward fold (Uttanasana). In Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar says about Uttanasana, “Any depression felt in the mind is removed if one holds the pose for two minutes or more.”

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana). This seated forward fold is calming for the mind, stretches the hamstrings and groin, and stimulates the liver and kidneys [1].

Cobra (Bhujangasana). This backbend can be done in stages. It expands the chest and gives elasticity to the lungs [1].

Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) . Bridge pose is a backbend that strengthens the legs, opens the chest, and stimulates the abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid . Supported bridge, done with a block under your sacrum, is a nourishing restorative version.

Use a wall and a friend for support

Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana). Sirsasana is called the “king of all asanas.” [1] Inversions literally turn your world upside down and give your brain cells a fresh supply of blood. Attention and presence are essential in this pose and thus a great way to pause your thoughts and renew your perspective. Restorative versions of sirsasansa, done with props, are an option as well.

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by Staff