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Benefits Of Yoga In Depression

Depression is the most leading mental disease nowadays. We all suffer stress or depression at one point in our life as our lifestyle is more stressful and we don’t get a time to work on our mental health.

Our mental health is very important and affects our life the same way as physical health. It plays a big role to maintain a healthy lifestyle away from stress and depression.

One can say he or she is depressed when he suffers from mentioned symptoms.

  • Mood swings
  • Feeling of sadness
  • Lost or feeling lonely
  • Aggressiveness
  • Irritability
  • Lazy or less energetic decreasing your activity level
  • Feeling empty
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Excessive drinking or drug use
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Lost of interest in every activity which once you used to like and many more…

We are all stressed most of the time throughout the day either regarding work stress or family stress which in a long run leads to depression.

There are many reasons to get depression-like

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drug abuse
  • Lack of sleep or insomnia
  • Lack of exercise
  • Family history
  • Not following a healthy routine
  • Unhealthy food habits
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stressful work patterns
  • Not getting a proper relaxation time
  • Excessive exposure to artificial light.

To fight depression or to avoid depression we all should include exercise and meditation in our daily routine.

Nowadays the term we are most introduced to is ‘yoga along with meditation’ by many health experts. There are many techniques to meditate on our whole body but the most amazing and my personal favorite technique which includes exercise and meditation both  ‘yoga’.

The most common question asked is Does Yoga Helps In Overcoming Depression?

Let me tell you guys the answer is YES. Yoga does help in overcoming depression by improving your mental as well as your physical health and you will feel rejuvenated.

  • Yoga is the most older and the most effective form to meditate our body which includes mental as well as physical health and leads you to get free from stress or depression.
  • Yoga teaches you to have patience, calms our brain.
  • Provides relaxation to our inner and outer self. Yoga can help us to reduce weight as well and I think when our body feels good our mind is the healthiest.

Benefits of yoga asanas or poses are well elaborated in our ancient text ‘Rigveda’  also, and as per my point of view this is the best option to go with. Almost all yoga asanas can help in improving physical health, increasing muscular activity, flexibility and strength.

What you just have to do is to make simple life style changes by including yoga, meditation and healthy eating habits.

There are many ‘Online yoga teacher training course, Online 200 hour yoga teacher training course’ available, but I will try to provide as much information and yoga asanas as I can in this article.

Yoga Asanas Which Helps To Fight Depression

Setu bandha sarvangasana

This is a bridge pose in which u have to lie on your back with knees bent and feet apart, palms flat. Deep inhale in this position and exhale when you lift your hips contracting your buttocks towards the ceiling. This asana helps to fight depression by improving blood circulation in our body soothing our mind and strengthening our back and core. It provides relaxation and reduces back pain as well.


This asana is called camel pose which is a little difficult pose but a very beneficial one. it stretches our deep hip muscles, improves posture, strengthens shoulder and chest muscles. This pose opens our whole body our lungs and heart as well. Our heart is connected with our emotional stability and stress so this pose helps us to fight depression by opening up our heart. In this asana, we will kneel sit on our yoga mat with both hands placed on the hips and feet facing the ceiling. Squeeze your internal thighs towards each other and slowly extend your elbows back and expand your pectoralis. Push down with your hands and lift your waist and start to backbend slowly( be extra careful while bending spine). Arch the spine more and place your hands on the feet. Look up to the ceiling and balance the pose.

Urdhva hastasana

It is raised hand pose in which you will stand with your hand folded in a namaste pattern and lift up the hands until it is fully stretched while looking at your thumb and hold the pose.


Adho Mukha Shvanasana

It improves blood circulation in the mind along with the body. In this asana take a crawl position on both palm and knees, with knees apart along with hands than inhale while arching your spine and release your breath while you round your back. Repeat for some breaths. Now curl your toes, extend the arms and slowly lift your knees from the ground. Than strengthen your spine fully extend the knees and arms with your head towards the ground. Hold the pose and repeat it.


This is the main asana when you want to meditate. It is a simple crossed leg posture with wrists resting on your knees. Index finger and thumb will be bent and touched other fingers will be extended. Close the eyes and maintain the posture.


It is a forward bend pose in which stand with hands on the side. Start bending your upper body towards thighs. Hold the pose for some time and return back to the starting position.


Lie on the back with legs crossed, arch your back upward tilt your head towards the ground. Hold for some time.


The most easiest and relaxing asana. lie on the mat, close the eyes, palms facing upwards relax the body
So, I think it is the most asked question DOES YOGA HELPS IN OVER COMING DEPRESSION? has an answer. Do follow the instructions and get good results. For further queries you can follow up with ‘Online yoga teacher training, online 200 hour yoga teacher training course’.


200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher, Vinyasa flow & Yin.

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