Decreasing Depression through the Practice of Yoga

2cc1a6bb-023e-4f5e-b639-6a262a88ff38Depression affects over 120 million people worldwide and 80% of people who struggle with depression also suffer from anxiety.

Yoga can be a good practice for people affected by depression or anxiety disorders as it reminds us that when we are feeling alone or isolated, we have lost our sense of connection with who we are.

There is also scientific research to show that yoga has a positive effect on mood and anxiety levels.

Recent research has also shown that yoga may be better than other types of exercise in the way it increases mood and decreases anxiety and depression. Studies found that there is an association between yoga postures and an increase in brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels and a reduction in anxiety. Lower GABA levels are linked to depressive illnesses and anxiety type illnesses. It was found that GABA levels increase with yoga practice and corresponds to elevation of mood. Researchers found that the levels of GABA are much higher in those that practice yoga than people who do the equivalent amount of a similar exercise such as walking.

It has also been found that people who practice yoga regularly, find a decrease in the impact of day to day stresses, and feel more in control of their emotions.

Yoga is very good for improving mood and self esteem. Yoga helps you feel good and look good, both of which help create a positive self image. Yoga is also a relaxing exercise and is a great way to take care of yourself and start listening to your body and your thoughts and feelings, all of which help increase self esteem and feelings of well-being.

Yoga can be done in private, in your own home or you could join a class which is also another great way to meet other people, especially if you are feeling lonely.

Yoga is one of the few approaches to depression and anxiety that offers a holistic approach, dealing with mind, body and spirit. Yoga addresses all aspects of the illness.

One of the core ideas of all types of yoga is being aware of the breath. Being aware of the breath helps you to become more aware of the present moment and helps slow down racing or anxious thoughts, as well as offering a whole host of physiological benefits.

Just an hour of yoga per week can also make a big difference in improving energy, composure, enthusiasm and calmness and improving your overall sense of well-being.

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