Yoga for Depression

Columbus, OH depression treatmentThe National Institute for Mental Health estimates that there are over 16 million adults in the United States that suffer from some type of depression. That’s an astonishing seven percent of the population. Even more astonishing is that, per the World Health Organization, 80 percent of those Americans who suffer from depression never seek treatment.

At Legacy Freedom we think that is too many. Our clinicians and therapists are highly trained in Columbus, OH depression treatment. We help people who suffer from depression each and every day. Utilizing our unique holistic approach to mental health, we help our clients transition from blue days to great days. One of our favorite alternative therapies to use for depression is yoga.

Can Yoga Help With Depression?

In 2005, 24 German women participated in a study to prove that yoga is beneficial to your mood. They each took a 90-minute yoga class two times a week for three months. The women in the control group remained in their normal day to day routines and were asked not to do any relaxation tasks for the period of the study. All the participants had experienced a form of emotional distress up to 90 days before the study, and even the ones not formally diagnosed with depression showed signs of anxiety. By the end of the study the women taking yoga cases showed an improvement in stress levels, depression, anxiety and energy. They reported they felt a change in their overall wellbeing. Depression scores improved by an astonishing 50 percent and anxiety by 30 percent.

Yoga teaches the practitioner the art of relaxation breathing which shows promising results for depression sufferers. This a wonderful tool that allows you to quiet and calm your mind and eliminate distractions.

One of the biggest things you will learn in yoga is the art of controlled breathing. A very large part of practicing yoga is learning how to relax your mind and body. Relaxed, controlled breathing promises to provide relief from depression. There is a program called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) that involves several types of clinical breathing patterns ranging from slow to rapidly stimulated. It teaches the depression sufferer to focus on breathing and focus their mind, something people with depression have a hard time doing.

Yoga is also a self-soothing technique that many people use instead of other bad habits like smoking or drinking to help them feel relaxed and focused. It is no secret that depression zaps your energy. When practiced regularly, yoga can help boost energy levels and many people report increased alertness and elevated mood after a yoga session.

Yoga also increases your heart rate variability (HRV) or the change in time between heart beats by increasing the relaxation response over the stress response in the body. What does that mean for people suffering from depression? It means that your body is better at monitoring or adapting to different situations, in particular, stress. Yoga can also reduce resting heart rate, lower blood pressure, ease breathing and increase pain tolerance.

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Coupling yoga with talk therapy and medication has been shown to be very effective in managing anxiety. At Legacy Freedom Columbus, we offer a wide range of alternative therapies that can work in tandem with traditional therapies. If you have been avoiding treatment for your depression or have tried traditional therapies in the past without success, call Legacy Freedom today. Come see why our holistic approach to mental health is unlike anything you have tried before. Your journey to healing and happiness begins here.

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