At certain points in life, the mornings are not as refreshing as the usual ones. Days start with apprehensions and end with emptiness and hopelessness. You feel constantly sad and dejected throughout the day. The reasons for such condition could be many. If this happens with you often, be aware. Depression is knocking at your door and, sooner you need to find a solution.

Depression is a brain disorder that arises when sad feelings aggravate and become intense. It can also be caused by fluctuation in hormone levels, severe medical condition, post-trauma and high-stress levels. The common yet severe problem needs to be tackled as soon as possible.

How to know you are in Depression

If you are having these symptoms consistently for a longer period, then you are depressed:

  • Feeling worthless and guilty for no reason on a daily basis.
  • Indecisiveness is taking over your concentration.
  • The hobbies and activities you used to enjoy earlier now seem unappealing.
  • You have started thinking about death and contemplate suicide.
  • Feeling unstable and incredibly dull and slow.
  • Your body is experiencing a significant change in weight, either gain or loss.

Yoga is the best natural way to lighten the mood and keep depression at bay. Yoga asanas increase blood circulation to the brain and produce mood-elevating hormones. To top of it, yogic practices do not bring along any adverse side effects and, hence are the best drugs to cure depression completely. Here is a list of some of the most effective yoga poses to ease depression. Let’s take a look:

  • Balasana or Child’s Pose

Balasana

Sit on your heels on the floor. You can keep your knees together or apart. Now, bend forward towards the top of the mat while exhaling. Place the arms sideways or use them to reach the floor in the forward direction with palms facing down. Now, press your chest on thighs gently. Stay in the posture for 45- 60 seconds and then come out slowly.

 

  • Standing Forward Pose or Uttanasana

 

Uttanasana

Begin in Tadasana or Mountain Pose. Keep your feet hip-distance apart. Elongate your spine on inhaling and place the hands on the hips. Hinge your hips and bend forward to reach out the floor. Keep your knees bent in order to avoid any strain in the lower back. Drop your arms and head down and touch the floor with your fingertips. Put your whole weight on the balls of the feet. Hold the posture for a few breaths.

  • Savasana or Corpse Pose

Savasana

Lie down on your back on the floor. Keep your legs extended and separated. Let the arms rest alongside the body. Now, close your eyes and relax completely. Breathe deeply and, relax all the body parts one by one from head to toe. Stay in this pose for about 3-5 minutes.

  • Setu Bandhasana or Bridge Pose

Lie on the back on the floor. Keep your arms on either side with palms facing down. Bend your knees and fold the legs in a way that your ankles and knees are in the same line. Your feet should be a few inches apart from each other. Now, press the palms into the floor and, slowly lift your entire back off the floor. Stay in this posture for a few seconds. Make sure that your thighs are parallel to each other and your chest is touching the chin without bending it.

  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana or Upward Facing Dog Pose

Upward Facing Dog Pose

Lie down on stomach with face down and legs separated. Keep your palms near the chest, close to your rib. Now, lift your torso and legs a few inches off the floor. Keep your legs straight. Press the upper part of the feet firmly into the floor. Raise your chest off the floor and keep the shoulders away from the ears. Tilt your head upwards and look towards the ceiling. Hold the posture for a few breaths.

  • Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog Pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Come on all fours in tabletop position. Keep your knees and elbows straight. Now, push your hips upward to form an inverted ‘V’ shape with the body. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart and, legs should be hip-width apart. Press your palms to the ground and straighten the neck. Stay in the posture for a few breaths.

  • Halasana or Plow Pose

Lie flat on the back with arms resting alongside the body. Raise your legs off the floor at 90 degrees to the ground. Keep the hands on the hips to support them and lift your hips towards the chest. Bring the legs down over the head slowly and, touch the ground with your toes beyond the head. Ensure your thighs are straight and keep your arms on the ground with palms facing down. Stay in this posture for a few seconds.

So, practice these yoga asanas and cure depression before it gets out of your hand. To learn more about Yoga Postures, please visit here.

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