Are those antidepressants prescribed by your doctor really working? Perhaps you’re still figuring it out. In the meanwhile, there might be a natural way of easing you out of the pain of depression. Yoga is known for boosting a specific chemical substance in your brain called Gamma- Aminobutryic that is responsible for calming and soothing your mind as well as body. “Yoga helps stimulate both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The right balance between these two systems is the key to mental and physiological health,” says Pradeep Gowda, Head of Yoga Format, Curefit.
In a research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, it was observed that clinical depression patients, in the age group 18-64 years, included yoga in their lifestyle for three weeks and reported a 50 per cent decline in their scores of depression screening.
Looking for an alternative way to beat the blues? Here are a few yoga moves recommended by Gowda that could help you fight depression.
1. Balasana(Child’s pose)
Commonly known as the child pose, it reduces depression and anxiety by calming the brain. Sit on a yoga mat on your knees (Knees can be together or apart). Bend forward and touch your head to the ground. Once in the position, gently push your chest closer to your thighs.
Holding time: 1 to 3 minutes
2. Bhujangana Asana (modified cobra pose)
Lie down on your stomach with legs stretched back and palms right next to the chest. Inhale and raise head, chest and navel off the floor, without lifting your hips or legs or squeezing the neck space. Look straight while doing the exercise.
Holding time: 25 to 30 seconds
3. ViparitaKarani (Half Shoulder Stand)
Lie down on your backagainst the wall.With the supportof your arms and legs, put both legs on the wall, just enough to lift the legs and hips off the floor. Use your hands for supporting the hip or waist. Look up at the feet and breathe slowly.
Holding time: 3 to 4 minutes
4. Downward Facing Dog Pose
Start with both palms and knees on the floor in a cat posture. Palms should be shoulder-width apart and placed right under the shoulders. Knee hip-width apart and toes tucked in. After getting into this position, exhale and lift your knees off the floor and slowly straighten your legs. Keep looking downwards i.e. at your legs, while performing this move.
Holding time: 1 to 3 minutes
5. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Lie down on your stomach. Keep your arms and feet shoulder-width apart. Fold your knees and hold the ankles with your hands. Lift your chest and legs off the ground. Look straight with a smile on your face; yes it helps!
Holding time: 15 to 20 seconds
The thing about yoga is that it doesn’t cure you the way a drug or medicine would; it transforms you for life. Try practicing these five moves on a daily basis and you will likely experience a natural lightness in your body. Do yoga and create your own calm!