By Bhavan Kumar
Depression is a scary thing. Pouring medication on top of the depression can result in more fear and side effects such as weight gain, insomnia, and fatigue. Thankfully, Yoga therapy can help treat depression with side effects such as weight reduction, better sleep, and increased vitality. Many studies have agreed that Yoga is a safe alternative to drugs and is a healthy first step in trying to regain the part of yourself that depression has stolen.
Countless studies have proven that exercise, including Hatha Yoga, can improve a person’s mood. A number of trials even stated that Yoga provides many of the same improvements received by prescription drugs. A more recent study revealed that Yoga is an even more effective method of exercise – beating out traditional strength training and cardio for dealing with depression.
Traditional exercises focus on training the body to work how you wish, but Yoga incorporates the mind as a vital source of strength. While depression likely makes your body feel weak, it is a result of your brain not allowing it to function to its maximum potential. It makes sense that a Yoga exercise program that allows the mind to strengthen will aid in the treatment for depression.
People who sign up for Yoga classes are more likely to continue with the program as opposed to those who try to start an at-home regiment. They feel a sense of commitment, financial investment, and moral support at a Yoga center.
Simply getting out and interacting with other people that share a common goal can provide a sense of well-being. Once you are there, you will experience mood-elevating benefits that go beyond what basic exercise can offer. A weekly or bi-weekly Yoga class is a commitment you set to take care of yourself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
It is important to note that severe depression should be addressed with a doctor. While Yoga therapyhas been known to work for many people, depression can be a chemical imbalance that necessitates medication and psychiatric help.
If you are participating in a Yoga class and are not witnessing any benefits, please seek help before the depression spirals out of control. For those that feel as though they could be slipping into a depressed state, take advantage of the benefits of Yoga to prevent getting to a dangerous state. Whether your mind is already in a healthy place or if it could use a boost, practicing Yoga can encourage your mind, body, and soul.
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