5 Yoga Poses For Reducing Depression

The power of yoga has the ability to cure numerous health problems in a natural and simple way. It helps to overcome your fears and perform wonders in the case of mental health and well-being.

At some point of time in our lives, we all have felt demoralised and depressed due to one reason or the other. According to human psychology, there might be fluctuations in the mood of humans depending upon the situation. There are times when we feel happy about ourselves and the very next moment, we become sad. Health problems start to pile up when our mood changes persist for an extended period of time, and it hampers your daily schedule. An individual suffering from depression often finds himself spending long hours isolated from family, friends and others who matter. Disturbed sleep patterns, changes in eating habits and excessive mood swings are some of the characteristic symptoms of depression.

While there are pharmacologic treatments for depression that include a stable dose of antidepressants, medical studies have suggested the practice of yoga in inviting positivity in life. Yoga does wonder in reviving one’s mental strength and well-being, thereby relaxing the mind and lowering the heart rate reducing anxiety that comes along with depression.

Here are 5 Yoga poses that alleviate negative thoughts and help you overcome fears along with augmenting self-esteem and self-worth.

1. ‘Baddha Konasana’ (Butterfly/ Bound Angle Posture)

It is often referred to as the “Cobbler pose”, named after the position in which cobbler sit while working. The asana boosts the strength of your thighs, knees, hips and the back. It is a great anti-depressant pose and improves emotional stability.

How to practice?

Sit with an upright back; knees bent and hold your feet tightly together. Deeply inhale and flap your bent legs up and down like a butterfly.

2. Supta Baddha Konasana (Supported Bound Angle Posture)

This reclined cobbler pose helps you to become calm and imparts a sense of relaxation.

How to practice?

Lie down straight on the ground with bent knees on either side of the body. Join your feet and bring the heels closer to your groin. Place your palms next to your hips, facing downwards. Slowly exhale and inhale.

3. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)

This yoga asana provides instant relief to mental fatigue and relaxes the mind. Since it is regarded as the baby pose, you feel momentarily happy when you practice this asana.

How to practice?

Lie down straight on your back, and bring your knees closer to your stomach. Breathe in the air and hold your feet with your hands. If you are facing trouble holding your feet, then hold on to your ankles in the beginning and steadily move towards heel as you continue to do the pose daily. Breathe gently and rock from one side to the other if you feel comfortable.

4. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

This useful Yoga asana relieves stress and anxiety. It adopts the shape of a bridge and hence the name. It also helps in maintaining normal blood pressure.

How to practice?

Lie down straight on the ground, face up and hands on either side. Slowly lift your hips upwards while inhaling. Bring it back down and repeat.

5. Child’s Pose

This extremely relieving posture helps you to restore your mind’s peace and also helps you to relax.

How to practice?

Sit on your knees. Slowly exhale and bring your body down between your thighs. Place your hands on the floor alongside your body and release the frontal part of your shoulders toward the floor.Practising this stress-relieving asana on a daily basis will help you to defeat depression and improve mental health and well-being.

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