Yoga For Depression

by Restorative Yoga Poses on July 24, 2011

Benefits of Restorative Yoga:

The practice of yoga has been around for centuries, originating in eastern cultures. It is a discipline that is both physical and mental. Yoga’s popularity has increased in western society throughout the past couple decades as more and more people recognize the benefits for both the physical body and mental stressors.

One of the reasons that westerners have become interested in yoga, is that there are many health benefits. Yoga increases flexibility, and core strength all while giving your body a firm, toned appearance. People with arthritis do yoga because it helps alleviate joint pain and discomfort.

Another reason for yoga’s popularity, is the psychological benefits. Meditation is a part of yoga, and with practice it can be deeply relaxing. This is because it gives people a chance to have clarity of mind and focus. Today we are living in a fast paced society and rarely take a moment to clear the mind. Yoga has been shown to help people who suffer from depression. This is because any exercise, in general, has been proven to help with depression. Combine that with the psychological benefits yoga offers, and you have an effective way of dealing with depression.

Yoga Poses for Depression:
Setu Bandhasana, Supported Bridge Pose
Janu Sirsasana, Head-To-Knee Forward Fold

Yoga is the preferred method of workout for a lot of people, and their reasons vary. Many older people prefer yoga because it is something they can do without experiencing pain from the workout. It offers a lot of health benefits while still being a low impact workout. It is not jarring on the muscles or joints, as some exercises can be.

As it’s popularity grows, yoga studios have started up all over the place. If you are interested in doing yoga it should not be hard to find a studio in your area. You can check the internet or the phone book for a yoga instructor that offers beginner classes in your community. Yoga offers a fun, low impact way to get healthy and live a better life.

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