Anxiety, heartbreak, loss, and frustration are all natural emotions that we experience at some point in our lives.
There are times when these emotions are manageable and other times when these emotions can spiral out of control into a form of depression.
Fortunately, yoga is one of the many tools that can help manage these mood fluctuations associated with depression.
What is depression?
According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think, and behave.
If depression is not treated right away, it can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
By lying on your back with the soles of your feet together, you can enjoy the restorative benefits of this pose. Allowing your mind to clear, your chest to expand, and your back to feel the support of the earth below.
Sanskrit: Supta Baddha Konasana
Step by step:
Start by lying on your mat.
Draw the soles of your feet together, allowing your knees to open to the edges of your mat.
Bring your arms to your side and let them rest there.
Hold for a few minutes while drawing deep, full breaths.
Expert tip: If you’d like, you can add a blanket or bolster under your spine to elevate your heart and allow for a deeper surrender.
Step by step:
Sitting in a comfortable position, take three deep breaths. Roll your tongue and inhale deeply through your mouth.
Exhale through your nose. Do this until you feel the cooling effect.
Combining the body with the breath and mind is a beneficial way to help ease the effects of depression. If you are new to yoga, it’s important to take your time and try the various yoga styles that are available.
Michelle has been writing professionally for over a decade. She started in the business world, focusing on cross-cultural communication and technical writing, and is now infusing the teachings of yoga with modern life, blending two of her passions…yoga and writing. Michelle also teaches yoga. Receiving her teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga in 2007 and adding Prenatal and Kids Yoga after becoming a mother. In her spare time, Michelle likes to meditate, hike, and read.