Psychotic drugs in the treatment of anxiety and depression are effective but only provide symptomatic relief. Long-term drug use often leads to addiction without preventing other illnesses or providing a comprehensive solution to improve mental health.
People with poor mental health can reap rich, long-term benefits by embracing the ancient Indian practice of yoga in their daily life. Yoga helps maintain good mental and physical health. It harmonizes our body and mind and restores our emotional balance. There is a growing body of evidence that yoga can have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, and people with attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
When adopted as a daily practice, yoga can help calm the mind and prevent the development of mental illnesses.
Stress is the root cause of many lifestyle diseases. Yoga takes a scientific approach to exercise and relaxation to relieve the stress of modern life. Yoga also helps improve memory, sleep, and even the quality of life of older people with mild memory impairment.
Here are some poses that help improve mental health in addition to providing other health benefits:
Shashankasana or child pose:
This asana stimulates your nervous system thereby re-energizing your whole body. This asana is basically a resting pose somewhat resembling a child in a fetal position. It is performed by sitting on the knees and then leaning forward so that the chest touches the thighs and the forehead touches the floor. Extend your arms forward. If performed with precision regularly, the performer will notice a sense of mental, physical and emotional comfort that will descend upon him. Like most yoga asanas, this one should also be performed on an empty stomach or at least six hours after a meal. However, people with high blood pressure and back pain should avoid this asana.
This inverted pose is one of the best yoga asanas for improving blood flow to the head. It helps calm anxiety, treat depression and insomnia in addition to regulating blood flow. This pose can be achieved by lying flat on your back. Keep the legs together. As you breathe in, lift the legs, buttocks and core and support the hips on the palm. The trunk is held at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground. Breathe normally in this position. To come back, lower your legs above your head and keep your hands down as you exhale. Lower the spine and legs.
This yoga pose is considered therapeutic for people with high blood pressure, asthma, sinusitis, infertility, and osteoporosis. It also helps in relieving mild depression and overcoming insomnia as it is very beneficial as a relaxation tool. To perform this pose, stand up straight. Raise your hands forward above your head while inhaling slowly. Lean back from the upper back and hold the position with normal breathing.
This pose is usually performed at the end of yoga routines and helps improve mental health and relax the body. Lie on your back, keeping your body straight and your hands at your sides with the palms facing up. Close your eyes and hold the position for at least five minutes. Even pregnant women can practice this asana as it will help them prevent prenatal depression, a common mental disorder among women during pregnancy.
It should be noted that the yogic practices mentioned above are to be learned gradually under the supervision of a yoga expert. Yoga allows a practitioner to expand their mental faculties and achieve greater acceptance of themselves and others, which ultimately leads to a calmer approach to life.
Yoga encourages practitioners to experience an open heart. Many yogic philosophers consider the whole practice to be metaphorically connecting to our hearts. In the chakra system, the heart is located in the middle of the seven chakras.
Other poses you can try
Asanas such as arda chakrasana (back bend), kapotasana (pigeon pose) and ustrasana (camel pose) encourage the expansion of the chest center which is the location of the anahata chakra, the center of the yogic heart. . Yoga visualizations and pranyams also encourage open-mindedness.