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Get rid of depression and anxiety with the help of these 6 yoga asanas

By Geetika Raleh . 29th August 2019 11:00am
Get rid of depression and anxiety with the help of these 6 yoga asanas

In the present times, almost every day we hear people suffering from depression. This is a chronic mental illness which is caused because of many factors. While some accept the fact that they are not doing well mentally, others do not like to acknowledge the fact. The state of depression rises from the mind, and various antidepressants have been curated for treating it. But again the chances of depression being are not 100%.

So in order to lead a healthy and stable minded life, yoga is extremely handy. Different approaches of yoga help in reducing stress, depression, and this also enhances the overall wellness of the person. Performing different yoga asanas help the person suffering from anxiety, by calming the stress response system. Yoga asanas also help in enhancing the production of hormones which elevate the mood.

Mentioned below are five yoga asanas which are a sure short way to fighting depression.

BALASANA (CHILD POSE)


This asana helps people struggling with stress and anxiety. Balasana stretches the lower back and the hips, relaxing the body. This pose is easy and is one of the most comfortable yoga poses.

How to perform:

  • Kneel and sit on the heels in such a position that the big toe touché each other.
  • Keep the hands on the knees and spread the knees in front of you.
  • Bend forward such that the face touches the ground and bring the arms forward and keep them on either side of the head.
  • Stay in this position for some time.

SETHU BANDHASANA (BRIDGE POSE)


The Bridge Pose helps in making the back muscles strong and relieves the tired back. This yoga asana helps the person relax and is considered the best yoga asana for people who struggle with anxiety, stress and depression.

How to perform:

  • Lie on the floor, place the arms on the side such that the palms are facing down.
  • Lift the legs, folding them at the knees.
  • Lift the back slowly off the ground and stay in this position for some time.
  • (Keep in mind that while performing this asana, the thighs should be parallel and the chest should be touching the chin. The chin should not bend.)

URDHAV MUKHA SAVASANA (UPWARD-FACING DOG POSE)


This asana has a relaxing effect on the body and deals with the stress in the back. Urdhav asana is famous for curing tiredness and depression, and also is known to strengthen the upper body.

How to perform:

  • Lie on the floor with head down and legs in the same direction.
  • Keep the palms on the sides, and face should be facing the ground.
  • The palms should be placed close to the rib.
  • Slowly lift the torso and arms should be straight.
  • The top part of the feet should be pressed firmly to the ground.
  • With straight head and shoulders away from the ears, rise the chest.

ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (DOWNWARD FACING DOG POSE)


This asana helps in enhancing the flow of blood in the body. Adho Mukha asana opens the neck and the spine which frees the stress, eventually minimising the anxiousness and also calms the nerves of the person.

How to perform:

  • Make a table like a posture with the legs and the hands.
  • With straight elbows and knees push the bottom upwards which will form an inverted V shape with the body.
  • Hands should be placed wider than the shoulders and the toes should be straight.
  • Press the hands on the ground and straighten the neck, keeping the eye levelled at the navel.

UTTANASANA (STANDING FORWARD FOLD POSE)


This yoga asana helps in releasing the tension in the back, shoulders and the neck. It also helps in improving the nervous system, calming the person down.

How to perform:

  • Stand straight with arms placed along with the body and the feet at an arm’s length.
  • Keep the hands on the hips, and bend forward.
  • Bend forward in such a way that the head touches the thighs.
  • Then being the hands-down and place them with the feet.
  • Practice these yoga asanas every day and see the result for yourself.

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