Yoga is an amazing stress reliever, and many therapists prescribe it to their clients who suffer from anxiety. But what about for treating depression? Yep, it can help with that, too.
Aerobic exercise in general helps anxiety and depression by releasing happy hormones in the brain, but if the workout is really difficult, it can also release the stress hormone cortisol. With yoga, you’re taming stress responses in the brain with your breathing, focus and mindfulness. There is actually a positive chemical response in your brain when you do yoga!
Learning how to be mindful and in the present moment is an amazing tool for fighting anxiety and depression. In a recent study conducted by the Boston University Medical Center, people with major depressive disorder were put into two test groups. One was asked to take a 90-minute Iyengar yoga class three times a week with home classes. The other group did a little less: two 90-minute classes a week with home classes…Read Full Article…
Original Article: Why Yoga Could Be The Best Long-Term Treatment For Depression
By: Camille Theobald