Yoga poses for anxiety and depression and how it will help

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Do you struggle with Depression, Anxiety and Stress?. Here is the Magic Medicine- Yoga poses for anxiety and depression. Yoga is a physical exercise. that involves different Asanas breathing techniques. However Meditation and Hand Mudras are also beneficial. Yoga practice teaches the kind of acceptance you need in your life to handle your current situations.

Yoga pose for anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression is a mental disease that engulfs the thoughts of individuals and makes them hollow from within.  Anxiety often occurs in the event of non-receipt of desired items, which makes a person miserable and gradually goes into a state of depression.  As stated in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, “Yogi Bhavati Dukha.

Yoga poses for anxiety and depression how it help us to overcome ?


Depression is a psychosomatic disorder. that depends on the entire physical and mental structure. Its effect on the nervous system, digestive system, endocrine glands. And due to obstruction in the function of these glands. we have to face many types of diseases. because our mind has the reverse effect on our body.  If we do not remain healthy with the mind. then we cannot remain healthy with the body.

That’s why we can activate and strengthen our nerves through yoga. so we will discuss one by one yoga poses for anxiety and depression. Such as Sethubandha Asana, Matsyasana and Paschimottanasana etc. Asana has been described to strengthen the digestive system, as well Shavasana, Balasana and Parvatasana etc.

To strengthen the nervous system and endocrine glands. Therefore yoga is a best way to increase Serotonin Production. Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. Imbalance (lower ) in serotonin levels may influence mood in a way that leads to anxiety & depression

Now we will discuss best yoga poses for anxiety and depression

As always seen when the participants perform any yoga asana or form. hold for a certain amount of time with controlled  breaths(even for few seconds). and then come out of the asana. After few rounds, participants may notice. that although a pose was uncomfortable. initially, the sensation doesn’t last forever. However Many people use yoga therapy to manage anxiety and depression. and also doing some yoga poses for anxiety and depression.

  • Here is the list of postures which reduce anxiety and depression. best yoga poses for anxiety and depression that will help you.

1. Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose) :- yoga pose for anxiety and depression

Viparita karni yoga poses for anxiety and depression
(legs up the wall pose)

Best & Easier pose for all age group. If you easily want to calm your mind,this is powerful pose.It can be performed any time by anyone. It calms your central nervous system.

2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) :-

yoga poses for anxiety and depression
Adho mukha Savasana

Benefits- This asana strengthens core and nerves. muscles of the arms, legs, ankles and back are improve. expands the chest. Improves blood circulation between shoulder blades and spine. Strengthens the lungs. Therefore its beneficial for the respiratory system. And also improves digestion, energize and relax the body. In conclusion it removes fatigue calms the mind.

Precautions :- People with weak or injured shoulder or heel, any kind of inflammation of eyes and ears.Can be practiced gently by people suffering from high blood pressure.

3. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose):- for anxiety and depression

Bridge  yoga poses for anxiety and depression
Setu Bandhasana

Benefits– Stretches the chest, shoulder and spine. Improves circulation of blood. Therefore, it Helps alleviate stress and mild depression. It calms the brain and central nervous system. That’s why it also alleviates the symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. above all benefits of setu bandhasana.

Precautions- Strictly avoid if you have neck injury or are suffering from spondylitis.Pregnant women should avoid it, because this pose places a lot of pressure on the internal organs which can be harmful to the baby.

4. Child’s Pose (Balasana):- This pose gives you a feel of groudness & you feel calm easily.

balasana yoga poses for anxiety and depression
Child pose

Benefits– Releases tension in the back, shoulders and chest. Boosts Blood Circulation. Therefore it helps in calming the brain. Also helps to relieve stress and fatigue. It’s great for your digestion.

Precautions:- Avoid if you have Diarrhea. or Pregnant or have knee injury.

5. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana):-

Forward bends always help to relieve feelings of anxiety and stress. Be it a seating pose or standing pose like Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana).

seated forward bend
Paschimottanasana

Precautions:- Avoid the forward fold asana if you suffer from high blood pressure. Similarly, Pregnant women should take extra care or can perform under any guidance.

6. Matsyasana (Fish Pose) :- A heart opener pose.

This pose will increase the capacity of the lungs. Therefore resulting in a better breathing pattern and rhythm. which helps the mind to calm easily.

fish pose for anxiety and depression
Matsyasana

Precautions:- Avoid this pose if you have any neck injuries.Avoid it if, you have high blood pressure or a migraine. 

7. Shavasana (Corpse Pose) :- Best pose for anxiety and depression

This asana never disappoint you. It always relaxes your mind and calm you down easily. One should do all these asana with playing Gaytri Mantra. With my experience i can say, you will never fail to calm yourself down & overcome your anxiety or depression. 

Does mudra helps to overcome anxiety :-

Mudra for Anxiety which help you to overcome anxiety :- 

1. Prana Mudra :- Mudra for life.The tips of thumb, ring finger and little finger are joined together keeping the remaining fingers straight and relaxed.It makes body and mind stable.Mudra can be safely practised 15-20 minutes in a day. After that Once you feel more balanced and calm do analyse your situation.

mudra for anxiety
Prana Mudra

Whatever you are working towards, go for it. Don’t forget to take a break in between. Whatever you doing in life, wherever you are currently that’s completely fine. Everyone has their own unique journey. therefore Stop comparing yourself to others & stop thinking that what others will say.

Always remember-Everything Is Coming.


PS- For more details you can contact me on my page @dipti_yoga and you can also contact us if you have any suggestion or any question regarding yoga poses for anxiety and depression.
Regards, Dipti Pandey M.A. in Yogic Science (Yoga coach)

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