International Yoga Day 2019: How can yoga help you with anxiety, depression and stress?
You might feel like your body is okay but the little devils like frequent pains and incessant stress creep through your body and result in bigger problems. The biggest problem with these conditions is that is hard to find that you are going through one until that one day it hits hard as a stroke but it will affect your life drastically. Especially in today’s world where everything is fast and on-the-go, you don’t get to spend as much time with yourself as you should. The struggle is real but you can get over with it by following a simple yoga routine every day.
Studies show that Yoga can:
- Reduce stress levels
- Improve anxiety and depression
- Help channelize energy better
- Improves the overall health of an individual
- Soothes down anger and high blood pressure levels
Yoga works on your whole body, giving it the space to breathe and lets out the negative energy. It is always good to exercise and shed some kilos but with Yoga and its breathing exercises, maintains the hormonal balance and not only it keeps you to remain healthy inside-out but also puts a smile on your face. Due to breathing exercises, you tend to inhale more oxygen that revitalizes your brain and you get quick and active as well.
Yoga is a therapy that not only works on your physical body but it also, energizes your mind and the simple techniques go deeper and heal you fully. Due to the increased production of serotonin, you will feel lighter, calmer and definitely more positive once you start a session of Yoga before you start your day. It is proven to heal people with chronic pains and disorders while keeping over-all health in check.
There are a few particular poses suggested by professionals if you are dealing with stress, depression and anxiety. Here are a few you can try.
- Balasana (Child Pose)
Balasana keeps your brain calm and hence help reduce stress and anxiety. It gently stretches your back and lower-body to relax your core. It is considered as one of the most comfortable Yoga asanas and is very good for beginners.
- Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Dhanurasana stretches your neck till your tailbone and relaxes the muscles around this whole area. It’s a great way to relieve anxiety and improve back pains and throat issues.
- Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
Sethu Bandhasana works up your back muscles and relieves the physical stress in your back. It improves the blood circulation towards your brain and hence helps people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression.
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose)
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana can easily cure mild fatigue and depression. It has an overall rejuvenating effect on your body, and all the stress trapped in your back will vanish.
- Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
Hastapadasana combines the whole of the back of your body and relaxes it. It is very good for your abdominal muscles and it improves blood pressure resulting in lower stress and anxiety rates.
- Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Matsyasana stretches the belly and the front neck and is proved to be very helpful in relieving menstrual pain and anxiety.
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Savasana rejuvenates you and helps your body relax. It reduces blood pressure and lets the effects of the previous poses to sink in better.
You can mix and match to make a routine of about 45 minutes to an hour that you can follow daily. Though these asanas are for beginners but still if you feel uncomfortable, stop right there and try something that suits you.
It is suggested to practice advanced asanas only after consultation from your doctor. You can also have a few breathing exercises and pranayama as a part of your routine to start the practice and kind of warm up and then get into asanas.
In fact, a few minutes of pranayama and meditation daily can also relieve you from depression, stress, and anxiety by improving the flow of blood in your body. Yoga is getting popular all around the world now and has gotten a lot of applications and media presence so it is really easy to find all kinds of asanas and poses online. It will bring an amazing change to your life, just get up and get going.
Shivani Mehra is a budding author and a hopeless poet, a learning enthusiast and a dreamer who believes her dreams come true through writing.