Left Nostril Breathing (chandra bheda) is a yoga breathing practice (pranayama) in yoga thought to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to calm the mind & produce a relaxation response.
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 & […]
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.
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.
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 […]
Right nostril vitality breath (surya bhedana) is a breathing practice (pranayama) in yoga that produces an energizing affect. Practice whenever you need a boost in mood.
Urdhva mukha svanasana aka upward facing dog pose or up-dog. This pose helps to open the chest; improve posture; strengthen the arms and wrists; tone the glutes; and stimulate abdominal organs
Bee Breath (brahmari) is a breathing exercise (pranayama) that calms & balances the mind. Bee breath uses sound and mudras to help withdraw the senses (pratyahara) to interrupt the negative or racing thoughts that often accompanies anxiety, depression & PTSD and keep you rooted in the present moment.
Results suggest participation in a comprehensive Yoga program, designed specifically to address mood, can lead to decreased symptoms of depression & associated physical or mood states. (Bennett) Participants who practiced yoga and meditation weekly experienced improvements in depression as well as physical and emotional functioning. (Waelde) A study compared effects of twice weekly yoga practice on mildly depressed adults with a wait-list. At the […]
Hatha yoga had positive effects on mental health & well-being in sedentary adults. (Taspinar 2014). Yoga improved the dimensions fatigue, self-esteem & quality of life (QoL). Exercise improved body image. Yoga & exercise reduced depression symptoms. Other studies show: ….findings suggest yoga effectively reduces distress, improves related psychological & physical outcomes (Michelson 2010) 3 months of […]