Yoga For Depression, De-Stressing and Tension Release
Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.
There are many studies to show that yoga can help to ease depressive symptoms and ease anxiety.
Another study suggests that specific forms of mindfulness techniques can be particularly useful for reducing repetitive and intrusive negative thoughts that frequently occur in depression and anxiety.
Participants in a US study found that those who participated in two 90 minute yoga classes a week (plus some home practise) experience significant decreases in their depressive symptoms.
Following very specific postures with particular focus on the breath, becoming more in tune with your body can deliver significant benefits – releasing tension from tight muscles and joints in the body and easing any tension in the mind as well.
Regular yoga practise can be used as a tool to manage stress levels, anxiety and overall physical and mental tension release resulting a calmer, relaxed, lighter you.