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Beat Depression with these Yoga poses

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Depression is a reality for many people, yet many still brush off the severity of this mental health issue. Once caught in the chains of depression, one cannot simply ‘get over it’. Personally I don’t think anyone can describe exactly how depression feels, what it does to your heart, you soul and your mind, not to  mention your physical body.

For me it has always been like a well. A deep, dark well with slippery walls and a tiny light, high, unreachable above. You are trapped down in the dark with no way out and your sorrow drowns out everything else. Other sufferers may have a different idea about depression. Each one of us is, after all, different. One thing, though, when you are ‘down in the well’, you have NO energy or motivation to change your disposition. You want out, of course, but lack the strength.

This is why yoga seems like the holy grail for depression sufferers. The low impact, gentle poses takes little effort. There is no pressure to perform while you exercise your physical body. By focusing on your breathing, yoga turns your attention to something else than your depression and through meditation you may find the path that can lead to healing. Another benefit is that it can be done at home. You don’t need to go to yoga class until you feel ready to face the world again.

Richard Rosen shares a sequence of yoga poses that has been specifically developed to ease the symptoms of depression. These nine poses are very easy to master and even those of you who have never been in a yoga class will be able to understand the instructions. You can find the sequence here.

Once you’ve mastered Rosen’s sequence, why not try a new combination of poses. There are plenty to choose from. Those which will help with your depression can be found on yogajournal.com. Click here.

The secret is to start slow, do not push yourself too hard. Try to repeat your sequence at least three times a week. As your confidence grows, you can invite your partner or friend to join you and, eventually, you will feel well enough to go to a class, meet more people and become a whole person once again.

Namaste.

SOURCES:

ROSEN, Richard. 2012.  Dissolve Depression [Web:] Yoga Journalbit.ly/2v1sgH2

YOGA JOURNAL. Yoga for Depression. [Web:] Yoga Journalbit.ly/2vbu4wj

 

 

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What is Holistic Health?

Many people live under misconception that practitioners of holistic healthcare are all herbalists. Yes, they do have a knowledge of herbs and it’s healing powers, but they do not exclusively use herbs.

Holistic healing is a complete experience for the patient (or client). With ‘complete’ I mean: physically, mentally and spiritually.

This ‘whole-listic’ approach addresses the person as a complete being. Holistic practitioners do not focus on the mental picture alone. The aim in treatment is to seek balance between the different levels within AND without. Consideration is therefore not only given to the patient’s holistic being, but also to his or her environment and relationships.

Michelle O’Toole, founder of Healthy Holistic Living explains: “One definition of Holistic Health that I found interesting was that it is a non-medical philosophy of well-being that considers the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life as closely interconnected and balanced. The quote by Gestalt “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” in my opinion sums (no pun intended) it up perfectly.” [HHL:2016]

Ms O’Toole continues to answer the question of what holistic health is in great detail. Read her article here.

SOURCE:

O’TOOLE,  Michelle.  2016.  What is holistic health?  [Web:] healthyholisticliving.com [Date of Access:] June 20, 2017.

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