How Yoga Helps Heal Depression

If you are experiencing depression, yoga offers peace and healing. Yoga boosts endorphins and any thoughts that may be perpetuating the depression. There are many reasons you might feel depressed, but one cause of depression is a sense of emptiness of the self for answers. 

Depression can be devastating and feel like no light can fill the hole of darkness. It is important to address these feelings of depression and begin to find some solutions and peace, which yoga is great at doing!

Yoga teaches you,

1. A sense of wholeness only happens when you tune into yourself and experience the true nature of your inner being. The key is to look inwards because if you look outwards, there is always the chance of something falling short and making you feel incomplete. 

Open up the mind to the messages of the subtle body, heart wisdom, and holy wisdom that you experience while doing yoga. The more that you can surrender your will into divine will, the more you can experience the truth of who you are. 

Each time that you practice, take time to tune into the inner self. Take a moment to feel the inner breath through the body. Let this sensation feel you up from the inside. 

2. Understand that yoga can be used as a reflective and intervention practice when you find your self in a depressive state. Sometimes we just need some self-care time to move the body and reflect without constant stress making our depression worse. 

You can also see these struggles as opportunities to spiritually and emotionally grow and become more mature and wise. Our ego often throws “fits” when it doesn’t get what it wants. However, we can use these disappointments to be flexible and to live in the moment instead of living in the future. 

3. Yoga teaches you that your birthright is happiness and infinite love. Yoga lets you feel the true power of the spirit. As long as you get on your mat, any poses (asana practice) or breathing exercises (pranayama) will provide the bridge to leave depression behind you. 

As little as five minutes a day can jumpstart your practice. If you have already been practicing, then remember to keep a “beginner’s mind” in practice. It means that you lead with your heart and an open mind instead of a stubborn Ego perspective. 

In your moments of difficulty, remember your true self and let that be your guide in each moment. 

Here is a list of yoga poses that are especially helpful for the mind, body, and spirit when dealing with depression:

  • Bound Angle Pose
  • Bridge Pose
  • Dolphin Plank Pose
  • Dolphin Pose
  • Extended Puppy Pose
  • Feathered Peacock Pose
  • Fire Log Pose
  • Handstand Pose
  • Legs up on the Wall
  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose
  • Standing Forward Bend
  • Supported Handstand
  • Wheel Pose
  • Wild Thing Pose

Watch joy and happiness flood in as depression vanishes with these yoga poses!