Yoga can be a great way to treat depression naturally and fight the winter blues in these short, dark and cold days.
Try these five yoga poses for depression from yoga teacher Jessica Bellofatto to help stay calm, happy and grounded this coming winter season.
Downward Facing Dog
Good ole’ dog pose…truly a cure all. Having the head below the heart makes this pose an inversion, and inversions relax and soothe the nervous system, as well as shift our perspective.
From downdog, shift forward to Plank Pose. I included it here because it is an extremely empowering and grounding pose. Straight arms, straight legs, strong belly lifting towards the spine.
Lower from Plank to your belly and stretch forward into cobra. Backbends are anti-depressant poses. They open the heart and facilitate the breath.
Opening up the hips and pelvis allows us to breathe down into our legs and feet, grounding and stabilizing the emotions.
Close your eyes and feel yourself to be perfect, whole, and complete.
Sit up, find a comfortable seat and say this mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhinoh Bhavantu. This beautiful mantra translates to, “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, including MYSELF.” Repeat it to yourself or out loud in Sanskrit or English and rest in that vibration.
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