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Depression + Yoga = Relief


On the other hand a rajasic condition is ruled by anxiety, fear and anger. The mind is constantly racing, while the body remains tense, restless and agitated. Burning off energy in a Power yoga style class may work for some, while others will respond better to a more relaxing, restorative style of yoga. Maintaining a focus of the eyes helps to take the mind off the constant tape loop of negative thinking. Here too, breathing exercises are an important part of lifting depression.

For many people it is a discovery to find that they are unconsciously holding their breath much of the time. According to Gary Kraftsow, author of Yoga for Wellness, the ancient yoga masters developed the practice of pranayama to help balance the emotions, clarify the mental processes and integrate them into a functioning whole. By regulating the flow of breath we can choose to stimulate or pacify our system as needed. This can take some time to learn, but should be integrated into your daily practice of yoga.

More and more people are beginning to see yoga as an approach to healing and doctors are beginning to recommend yoga as part of their treatment plan. However, it is important that you find a qualified yoga instructor who has been trained to assist students suffering from depression.  One such therapeutic approach is Yoga Therapy, which refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges. Yoga therapists adapt specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises and meditation techniques to suit an individuals needs. Eastern concepts and techniques meets Western medical knowledge to restore balance to the mind, body and spirit.

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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4:19PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

yoga and meditations helped me a lot after my husband died 3 years ago. and now i am hooked to yoga for health, peace of mind. i feel much relaxed now and can manage my stress and learning to cope up with being single.

8:42PM PST on Dec 25, 2010

nice

5:33AM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

Very interesting article. I have been trying Pilates for some months now and have been curious about Yoga for quite a while. Looks like it is definitely worth a try!

6:35PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

Excellent article. Reposting to prAna.com/blog this month!

5:20PM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Great article. I started doing yoga 15 years ago because I was going through a very stressful time and didn't have the tools to deal with it. Yoga has absolutely changed my life. I highly recommend it for everyone. Namaste, Marne

10:08PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

5:54PM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

I wish I had done Yoga since Middle School or High School instead of these stupid antidepressants and stabilizers but it's when in college, and doing psychotherapy that I started going to the gym and doing Yoga for stress and depression....

7:04AM PDT on Oct 5, 2010

I LOVE Yoga! Whenever my husband and I have a really bad day, we have a Yoga session. We have a PC attached to our TV and we just look up Yoga programs on Hulu. I'm sure a DVD would work just as well. Even our 3 yr old does it will us, obviously a very different form... She calls it Oga.

4:22AM PDT on Oct 5, 2010

I suffer from depression for the last 20 plus years and I still can't bring myself to do yoga, I'm always so tired. i need to get on with yoga. Any suggestions?

11:25PM PDT on Oct 4, 2010

Interesting.

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