Namaste Yoga Studio
Patricia A. Dunning, Ph.D., E-RYT 500
Integrative Yoga Therapy Certified
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
(301) 503-0618

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Yoga for Depression*

Welcome! If you are suffering from depression, you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects about 121 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability among people from ages of 15-44. Despite our ever-expanding knowledge, we’ve lost our connection to who we are and often feel separated and alone.

After taking Yoga for Depression, and practicing regularly the Yoga you have learned, you will be able to strip away the obstacles that have caused your depression. You will be able to cope with job, family and relationship depression, and thus change your life in many ways.

How Does Yoga Work to Relieve Depression?

Yoga including postures, breathing exercises and meditation is the science of positive mental health. Examples of scientific evidence of the success of Yoga are as follows:

  • Energizing breaths and postures done dynamically, using breath and repetition stimulate your energy.
  • Studies have shown that Yoga works to alleviate depression by increasing brain chemicals endorphins, enkephalins, and serotonin that contribute to a feel-good response.
  • Large body of scientific evidence that demonstrates that physical exercise is effective in treating depression, and that Yoga accounts for more beneficial changes than does any other kind of exercise.
  • Yoga practice creates the “feel-good” sensation through the balance of stimulation and relaxation you provide the brain, e.g., stimulating your pituitary gland releases endorphins.
  • Your cortisol level drops and your are increasing oxygen consumption and reducing muscles stiffness and tension, and these effect is a union of energy and relaxation.
  • The Mantra sounds encourage the master glands of the brain (pineal, hypothalamus and pituitary glands) to secure in a way that givens you a light, natural stimulation of the mind and body – the opposite of depression.

How Do I Know if I Am A Candidate for Yoga for Depression?

You can learn if you are a candidate for Yoga for Depression by answering the questions below. Depression is a common reaction to news any kind of tragic event. However, these experiences are usually short-lived. Extended periods of these reactions is another matter, and this probably needs to be addressed through stress reduction and relaxation. One of the first questions to ask yourself is does it run in the family? Manic depressive illness (bi-polar disorder) is a genetic disease, and knowing this you can learn how to control your symptoms, reduce your mood swings and panic attacks, so you can get manage your life.

Depression is manifested in many different ways, some of which are listed below. If you answer yes to #1 and/or yes to 7 or more of these “long-term” depression symptoms, then you are a candidate for Yoga for Depression.

  • Manic-depressive illness (bi-polar disorder) runs in the family
  • A feeling of numbness as if in a fog
  • Senses dulled and perceptions impaired
  • Forgetting important meetings
  • Feeling life is meaningless
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Sleeping all the time
  • Dull aches and pains
  • Inability to concentrate, and lack of motivation
  • Lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Frequent crying
  • Tense and nervous feelings, and
  • Increased alcohol consumption or drug abuse.

Learn Yoga Techniques to Ease Suffering and Release Life’s Traumas and Losses

  • Learn a daily yoga routine unique to your needs
  • See yourself and your suffering in a vibrant new light
  • Learn how to use your own bodies to release depression
  • Discover what creates your depression
  • Learn how to breath deeply and lengthen your exhalation to relieve depression
  • Learn how to focus your mind through breathing and meditation techniques
  • Ability to substitute positive thoughts for negative ones
  • Learn how to focus your attention on your breath to withdraw mind from the senses of depression
  • Learn how to seek out laughter
  • Learn the Eight-fold path Patanjali’s which address the categories of mental and emotional distress.
  • Learn the obstacles that accompany depression, anxiety, trembling in the limbs and unsteady breath. (disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, addiction, false perception, failure to reach firm ground and instability)

These can be offered as a 6-week class for 1½ hours each week for $60 per person (4 people minimum required). And/or Yoga for Depression can be offered in two or more hours in a Workshop setting, depending on how in-depth the participant(s) want to go. The fee is as follows: 2 hours for $70; or 3 hours for $105; or 6 hours for $200. The 6-hour Workshop session is conducted in either one day (two 3-hour sessions with a break in between each 3-hour session) or over a two-day period (two 3-hour sessions over a two-day period).

*Consult your doctor before starting Yoga, especially if you suffer from heart conditions, hypertension, or other serious illnesses. If you have back pain or other serious injuries, get a diagnosis from your doctor and get their okay before embarking on your Yoga journey.