03 Jul Yoga benefits for depression
Yoga can provide complementary support for depression by addressing the different levels (biological, social, mental health, psychological).
Yoga can benefit depression in several specific ways:
- Improves nervous system function
- Decreases stress hormones
- Activates attention networks
- Reduces emotional reactivity
- Reduces dysfunctional thoughts
- Increases the functionality of dopamine & serotonin
- Holger Cramer ~ Yoga researcher
Yoga can help with increasing & improving self awareness & interoception. Helping us with:
- Agency ( a feeling of I can do it)
- Self regulation (ability to regulate your nervous system)
- Resilience in nervous system
- Improved heart rate variability (tone of the vagus nerve)
Awareness foster greater balance in your nervouse system and awareness is a skill that can be developed and improved when you use slow yoga practices & breathing techniques.
Yoga benefits the brain & the whole person by:
- Slower yoga practices helps send accurate messages to brain structures that literally inform the sense of who we are
- When you feel safe and in touch with your body, you start to better understand who you are and what you need in life
- You can get better in touch with your values and proprieties, and from there make good decisions which may include making healthier rather than destructive behaviours.
- Exploring the other limbs of yoga