Yoga Therapy for Depression
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) depression is the 4th largest health problem affecting society today and is soon to become the 3rd. Symptoms of depression may include negative and repetitive thoughts about the world and the self, loss of energy, possibly followed by periods of extreme anxiety, changes in eating and sleeping habits and experience of low self-esteem and loss of confidence. Many of us with depression suffer in silence feeling completely isolated and alone. If you are suffering from depression, please know that you are not alone, depression is extremely common.
There are many different treatments for depression, ranging from various types of psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and medication to body work and assorted alternative therapies. Most of these therapies focus on either the mind or the body but not both at the same time.
Yoga for the mind offers a unique approach to depression as it addresses both the mental factors that lead to depression, such as negative self-view and also the physiological factors such as imbalance in the nervous system and the brain. In this way a person is able to engage in yoga practices that help to relax the system whilst also beginning the process of self-investigation and recovery.
Recent studies conducted by scientists at McLean Hospital in the United States show that practicing yoga for just one hour can increase GABA neurotransmitters in the brain. This is significant as these neurotransmitters help to curb stress. This indicates to us that with merely a small dose of yoga, changes already start to occur in the body's biochemistry. We also know that yoga practices decrease cortisol, a hormone released during stress. When cortisol levels are low it means that the body is more relaxed. So we can say that yoga in general has a positive effect on mental health.
Yoga for the Mind builds on this information with a carefully constructed sequence of postures that unites the latest findings in neuroscience with the ancient wisdom of yoga to offer a particular routine for rebalancing the nervous system. This is effective whether you are suffering from chronic fatigue and low energy or plagued by endless anxiety and cannot relax.
Whilst balancing the body, Yoga for the Mind also incorporates mindfulness practices, which help us to see how our mind operates, thereby stoking the process of letting go of negative thinking through self awareness.
Treating depression through a body-based practice such as yoga with a mindfulness practice is one of the most powerful ways to transform mental health in the long-term.
Yoga for the Mind uses yoga therapy to work with all types of depression including minor and severe depression and all forms of bipolar.
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