Weekly Practice: November 1-7: Yoga Asana as a Remedy for Depression
This week in my Vinyasa classes the focus has been on using Yoga Asana as a remedy for Depression. This focus was inspired by the ending of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, November 1st. As the days get shorter and nights get longer we start to experience a higher likelihood of falling into depression due to lack of sunlight (vitamin D) and less physical activities throughout the day. In addition to setting a goal to spend time in the sun when ever you get a chance and getting your heart rate up through things like running, walking, jogging, rowing and any other of your favorite cardio go to's I have put together a sequence to help relieve some of the symptoms of depression.
This sequence really targets the heart chakra as well as the legs and hips in order to get the heart pumping, release tightness in the chest and throat and open the hips to help address hormonal or emotional imbalance. There are a few restorative poses at the end to help sooth the delicate and fragile state we often experience during depression. Play with the sequence. Take it easy when you need to. Rest in childs pose as often as you want. If you need help figuring out the poses go to: http://www.yogajournal.com/category/poses/
I will add a video of the sequence as soon as possible.
Anti-Depression Yoga Sequence:
Start in Meditative Seat (find your breath and intention for practice)
As a yogi who found her way to the practice as a way to relieve depression I have to say that most vinyasa yoga classes are really a great way to help you out of a funk. However, I do find that for me I need to change up my practice regularly in order to stay in a healthy place. I also know that sometimes yoga alone isn't enough. So I do really encourage practitioners to try different kinds of physical activities. I also want to put it out there that for depressive yogini's a schedule is really helpful. One that is very realistic. For example setting 2 days a week where you practice yoga and 2 where you definitely take a long walk or run! I find that 4 days a week of exercise really makes a huge impact for me. If you are still suffering at this point please seek help from a professional.
Nicole Lynne Hooley
Yoga, Reiki & Intuitive Healing
Brooklyn based Yoga Instructor & Reiki Healer, Nicole specializes in teaching Personal Empowerment & Self Healing inspired Yoga Classes, Workshops & Reiki Trainings throughout Brooklyn. Her Reiki & Intuitive Healing sessions have been called "an hour of unconditional love". Nicole has been highlighted by Huffington Post and YogaCityNYC.
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