Mental Health & Yoga
Updated: Sep 30, 2022
"I am fine, but only from the outside!"
"Depression is being color blind and constantly told how colorful the world is". There are wounds that never show on the body, that are deeper and more powerful than anything that bleeds. Yes, the wound is called depression or trauma in severe condition. It can be caused by a variety of things like stress genetics, brain chemistry, traumatic events or environmental factors. It is an ongoing problem, not a passing one.
But don't worry, the creator has created a power within you to tackle up with these situations. It's the Yoga. It is a unique mind & body practice a part of which lays emphasis on moving through asanas in a purposeful way. The effect of yoga on mental health promotes once ability to move through these challenges and agitation.
•How to practice the 'cure'?
Yoga helps individuals with trauma to learn how to approach sitting with unpleasant internal experiences. It eases both physical and mental discomfort.
Practicing the following asanas (postures), you will definitely witness the reduction of stress by decreased levels of stress hormones in your body.
1. Balasana (Child Pose)
2. Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
3. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose)
4. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
5. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold Pose)
After practicing these poses on regular basis, you will find that mental tension and overthinking is gone. The focus of Yoga and meditation is to train the brain to stay in the moment ;to focus your attention on things that are happening right now.
The most important thing is to admit that you are anxious. Allow yourself to sit with your anxiety for 2-3 mins at a time. Breathe with it and say ," It's okay, I will pass through it".
Despite these observations and theories, clinicians are confronted with serious challenges regarding generation of evidence to support yoga, in the era of evidence based medicine.
* Please Consult your physician and perform the above poses under supervision.