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Check out some of these books for more information about Yoga & Mental Health: YOGA  PRACTICE 30 Essential Yoga Poses ~Judith Lasater Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On & Off the Mat ~Richard Faulds Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of…

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Depression. My Struggle was Real

Depression is a tricky & stealthy bastard. Depression is like a professional burglar who’d been casing out my brain for quite some time. To this day, I don’t know if this thief snuck in one night & cleaned house or pulled a trick out of Andy Dufresne’s book in Shawshank Redemption by slowly and steadily removing valuable pieces of my identity. I just woke up one day and noticed my drive, energy, self-esteem, motivation, happiness, joy & laughter had vanished.

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Depression. The Struggle is Real

If you are suffering with depression, know you are not alone. Depression is prevalent, roughly 16 million adults live with depression in the US, and does not discriminate between sex, socioeconomic status, age or ethnicity. Depression can affect anyone even a person who appears to live in relatively ideal circumstances. Depression is a serious medical condition not a weakness. Depression negatively affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. Depression affects the brain, you know that organ in your body that is in charge of controlling the rest of the body’s systems.

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Yoga PI: Dosage & Administration

Medications for depression & anxiety are taken daily for about 2 weeks to see improvement in symptoms and 6 weeks for maximum effect. If you are practicing yoga for mental health, the benefits of yoga can be seen early on but can take time to achieve the full benefits. In a perfect world yoga would be dosed daily, much like an antidepressant. In the real world, daily practice can be challenging. A panel of experts got together to set recommendations on yoga.

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Workshop: Yoga for Depression

Explore how yoga can help you manage depression with a community of your peers. This workshop provides you with the time & space to reconnect with your body, breath & mind. Learn energizing yogic techniques that help you lift the depressed mood. Explore yoga practices and observe how they affect your mood.

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Research: Yoga & cancer

Patients undergoing radiotherapy who practiced a 60 minute yoga class 3 time per week for 6 weeks experienced: reduced cortisol levels improved physical functioning less fatigue (Chandwani, 2014) Cancer survivors who practiced 12 weeks of Hatha yoga for 90 minutes 2x’s a week experienced: improved sleep reduced inflammation (Kiecolt-Glaser 2014) After 7-weeks of yoga, cancer survivors experienced: reduced mood disturbance &…

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Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire (kapalabhati) is an energizing yoga breathing exercise & kriya (purifying action) which cleanses not only the nasal passages but the entire respiratory system by dispelling excess carbon dioxide to allow the body receive more oxygen. Kapalabhati wakes up dormant prana (lifeforce) if you are feeling depressed.

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Bellows Breath

Bellows Breath is an energizing breathing exercise (pranayama) thought to increase mental activity producing an alert & calm state; increase the flow of blood & prana (life force) throughout the body; increase digestive power; boost metabolism; improve reaction time; reduce basal heart rate and release oxytocin.

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Research: yoga & women’s health

Participants who practiced 10 weeks of prenatal yoga experienced reduced depression severity by the end of the study. Yoga was safe for pregnant women & may have advantages in terms of greater acceptability than standard depression treatments. Yoga appeared to be useful for reducing anxiety toward childbirth & preventing an increase in symptoms of depression. A single session of yoga…

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