I hope your week has been fantastic. The weather is finally starting to cool off here in Texas, and I am lovin’ it! My allergies have been a disaster, though, so if you know any good remedies for seasonal allergies, please let me know in the comments below! I’m open to new things 🙂
This week, I’ll be discussing some basic asanas that can help with depression. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve explained a little about what depression looks like and how yoga can help with depression. This is such an important topic to me, because I have personally suffered through some small bouts of depression. It’s really not fun. I wish I had known sooner how normal it is to feel those feelings at times in our lives. One of my goals when starting this blog was to help erase stigmas associated with mental health. Yoga is such a powerful tool that anyone can use in their every day lives. It’s changed mine for the better, and I am certain it can change yours, too.
To go along with today’s post, I encourage you to read last week’s about depression and breathing. Your breath is truly the root of your yoga practice, so it’s important to state that breathing is most important before beginning any serious asana sequences.
As a refresher: some breathing techniques discussed last week include alternate nostril breathing and the 4-4-4 technique. Before starting any of these asanas I’ll discuss today, take some cleansing breaths and move with your breaths. I’ll discuss this more in next week’s post.
Some Asanas That Can Help With Depression Include:
- Viparita Karani (Legs Up On the Wall) – Ya’ll already know how much I love this pose.
- Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
- Setu Bandh (Bridge Pose)
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) *Only practice this pose if you practice it in your normal yoga practice or with assistance.*
- Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) *Only practice this pose if you practice it in your normal yoga practice or with assistance.*
- Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand)
- Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Legged Forward Bend)
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Feel free to make your own sequence from these suggested poses above to help aid in your depression. Always add modifications if necessary/needed. The important thing to remember when practicing any yoga sequence is to ensure that your body and mind are safe; modifications are a great way to ensure that.
Next week, I will be making a video for you guys that ties everything together – I will practice some of the breathing techniques discussed last week and a short asana sequence for depression. If you have any concerns or suggestions on how I can improve this discussion on depression and yoga, please let me know in the comments below! Want to just let me know how yoga has helped with your depression? Or things that did help with your depression? Let me know those things in the comments below, too! I’m always looking forward to your feedback.
Happy OM’ing and namaste. ❤
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