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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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Seeking #Happiness? How #Meditation can help @yoga_journal

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Are you constantly seeking a way to find happiness? In a world filled with darkness, depression and fear, I think EVERYONE is hoping to find some sort of ‘secret way’ that they can attain utter happiness and fulfillment.

I have often looked at other people, knowing very well that what we observe is rarely the truth, and found them to look absolutely, blissfully happy. I’ve often envied them this, as my life definitely is NOT always happy. One should constantly reminds oneself that life is like a picture book and every moment a snapshot. The smiling faces we always seem to see on social media is but a photo, a quick snap, taken at a moment when the subject was smiling or told to smile. The truth is, none of us are ever really happy. But the good news is, Aadil Palkhivala, through his unique yoga and meditation philosophy, can help you to finally find what you seek.

Look what he says in his article for Yoga Journal: “Happiness happens when we choose it over trying to be like everybody else, trying to have what others have. When we compare ourselves at all times to others, we feel constant discontent. Santosha (contentment) brings happiness. And contentment must come from a constant striving for happiness; happiness stops when we stop growing or stagnate. We are here to evolve.” [07/2017]

You can read the article here and even sign up for his six-week Master Class to align your asana and transform your life through yoga philosophy.

SOURCE:

PALKHIVALA, Aadil.  07/2017.  This Is How Meditation Can Focus Your Mind—& Help You Choose Happiness. [Web:] Yoga Journal: bit.ly/2v1dvXA  [Date of Access:] July 27, 2017.

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#Yoga Instead Of #HormoneTherapy For #Insomnia During #Menopause 

Via @AHealthBlog
Yoga Instead Of Hormone Therapy For Insomnia During Menopause

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“Hormone therapy is the only FDA approved treatment for night sweats and hot flashes, and less women are choosing hormone therapy nowadays. A lot of women go on hormone therapy mainly because they need to sleep. That’s why  Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MsFLASH ) sought to evaluate if 3 more natural approaches, such as exercise, yoga, or fish oil, may be able to help ease the symptoms of menopause.” [Continue reading here.]

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Yoga Instead Of Hormone Therapy For Insomnia During  Menopause | Health Blog [Date of Access:] 5 April 2016

New Study Highlights Yoga’s Cardiovascular Benefits

Via  @YI_Mag by Kat Haegberg

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“Yoga is as good for your heart as aerobic exercise,”…this according to new research.

Said research, led by professor Myriam Hunink, found that yoga reduces the key risk factors of heart disease, including lower BMI and heart rate, as well as weight reduction, improved cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.

How does yoga, therefore, compare with other forms of exercise, like aerobics? Continue reading here to find the answers and possibilities and to learn more about the views of other experts on this subject.

Why Kids Need Yoga in their lives now more than ever

Via @MindBodyGreen   By #CherylMacDonald

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More than ever, kids today are spending more time indoors, at home and sitting at their desks at school. Our children’s activities and definitions of “fun” shouldn’t be limited to television, iPads and video games.

Yoga allows us to interact with our children in a playful way, by fueling their imagination and lust for life. Click to continue reading.

Here are five great reasons why kids today need yoga in their lives:

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  1. Concentration is enhanced.
  2. Flexibility and balance are increased.
  3. Overall well-being is improved.
  4. Continued practice boosts confidence.
  5. Relaxed mind and awareness increases.

Yoga helps children to relax and de-stress when they feel upset or depressed. It helps them to live life in a state of higher awareness and helps to put their stresses and strains into perspective. It soothes their frayed minds and helps them get back to a calm mental state.

[Read full article on MBG here.]

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