I’ve heard it said this is a stressful time for many. The women in my family are all like Elf’s on speed. We can’t get enough holiday movies, music, baking, and giving. However, for those of you who tend to let it get to you I thought I’d give a helpful reminder to keep you on track. Namaste, The Queen Cronista…
Practice Yoga To Kick Depression To The Curb
If you’ve ever experienced depression, you know that it can be detrimental to every aspect of life. When you are depressed, it may be hard to even get out of bed, let alone be productive and fulfill all of the day’s responsibilities. Even spending time with family and friends may feel like an insurmountable obstacle, because you feel so unspeakably low.
Depression is widespread
While many people go through a bout of depression every once in awhile, especially around stressful or tragic life events, a significant portion of the population suffers from what is known as major depressive disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), about 6.7 percent of American adults (over 15 million people) suffer from major depressive disorder. While more women are affected than men, anyone may develop it.
In order to combat major depression and get back to normal life, many people opt for prescription antidepressants. The problem is, not only do these drugs often have a long list of unpleasant to downright dangerous side effects, in many cases, they do not work. This leaves millions of people searching for a better, safer, more natural option. One such option is yoga.
Benefits of yoga
The ancient healing practice of yoga has so many benefits that it’s difficult to list them all. You may have heard (or experienced) that regularly practicing yoga has the potential to:
Strengthen many muscle groups, including the core
Improve lung capacity
Stabilize blood sugar
Help you sleep better
Reduce risk of heart disease
Enhance ability to focus
New study finds encouraging results
Along with all of these amazing benefits (which are just a few of the many), yoga may also provide significant relief to individuals suffering from depression. A new study performed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center tested the effects of a regular yoga practice on the amelioration of major depressive disorder, with some very encouraging results.
Iyengar yoga improves depression
Results showed that individuals in both groups reported improved depression symptoms after the eight-week study. The individuals that practiced yoga more frequently had even more improvement than those who practiced less frequently, but results were positive for all. On these results, Dr. Chris Streeter, corresponding author of the study, stated:
If you have depression, give yoga a try
These findings are truly exciting because yoga is a safe, natural practice with no side effects (when practiced safely) and a whole host of benefits to virtually every system in the body. If it is able to help depression as well (as research strongly suggests it can), that means millions of people may be able to achieve a high quality of life naturally, while also improving their health in many areas. It’s a win-win all around.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, it’s worthwhile to give yoga a try. Look for classes in your area; many studios offer free community classes once a week as a way to give back. If there are none available, find Youtube videos that specifically instruct beginners. Just make sure you start slow and don’t push your body too hard, too fast. Go at your own pace and increase your difficulty level gradually.
– Meditation Daily