depression

Yoga for Depression: 3 Poses to Help You Combat the Blues

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | April 8th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: anxiety, camel, dancer's pose, depression, gaiam, inclined plane, Kristin McGee, mindfulness, Yoga, yoganonymous

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I recently attended a Health event as the magazine launched its new mantra, Happy begins here.”

I love that saying.

I have been trying to remind myself daily that happiness comes from within me. All I have to do is see my little guy’s smile to be really happy; but there are some days I can still feel blue.

I am admitting this because I want everyone to know that we are all human and we all have emotions. Depression is a real thing and it’s difficult to be in the depth of it and feel somewhat helpless.

Anxiety usually stems from worrying too much about the future and your “to do” list. Here are some yoga poses you can do to combat anxiety. Depression, on the other hand is when we get stuck in the past. Practicing yoga helps ground us in the present moment so we can feel truly happy.

Try rocking forward to the front of your feet or sit bones (if you’re seated) and notice how it produces anxiety, moving into the future too fast. Now, lean back in your seat or to the heels of your feet; notice how you slump your shoulders forward and feel a little down. Finally, feel yourself anchored right in the middle of your seat or your feet and feel grounded and present. Try this exercise whenever you feel anxious or a bit depressed.

After I shared this information in my newsletter, I heard from some friends and students that they too suffer from both anxiety and depression. Clearly, lots of people deal with depression. Yes, even us “enlightened” yogis.

Namaste Any Time of Day: Yoga for the Holidays

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: balance, busy, community, depression, downward dog, energy, goals, gratitude, hip openner, holiday celebrations, holiday schedule, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday yoga, hustle and bustle, increase flexibility, manage stress, Meditations from the mat, mental strength, Pigeon pose, Rolf Gates, short days, sleep better, styles of yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, tone muscles, Warrior 1 Pose, Warrior 2 Pose, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, yoga DVDs, yoga philosophy, yoga-practice

Holiday YogaIt’s the holiday season … a time of dark, cold mornings, short days and busy nights, tending to the hustle and bustle of getting things done for various holiday celebrations, all the while gorging ourselves on delicious — but often calorie-laden — holiday foods. The average day passes quickly, and you usually find yourself collapsing into bed at the end of it feeling completely exhausted.

The 3 Basics of Living a Healthy Life

Brian Penny by Brian Penny | September 23rd, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: depression, diet, exercise, Fitness, food, happiness, healthy life, holistic medicine, nutrition, Yoga

Healthy Life

We live in a world that stresses convenience and instant gratification. The emphasis on protecting our health is declining as our waistbands expand. It can be difficult to lead a truly healthy life in these times of fast food and artificial sweeteners, but there are some ways we can strive to be truly healthy in the 21st century. Taking a big-picture perspective, here are the three basic elements to living a healthy life:

Can Knitting Give You a Runner’s High?

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | July 9th, 2012 | 22 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: brain health, brain structure, cognitive function, craft, crafting, crafting and exercise, crafting and fitness, depression, dopamine, endorphins, exercise, Fitness, hormones, knit, knitting, learning, meditation, memory, mind, mood, neurotransmitters, prefrontal cortex, runner’s high, running, serotonin, sleep, workout

Knitting and Exercise

At first glance, crafting and exercise would seem to have little in common. One involves moving your body to improve health and fitness, the other moving your hands to create with paper, needles, paint or yarn.

Yet both activities have important, complementary effects on mood and cognitive function.

Hope for a Weathered Heart

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | April 26th, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmations, cry, depression, difficulty, emotion, heart, heartbreak, HOPE, positive energy, positive-thoughts, rain, SAD, tears, transformation, weathered, weathering

Hope for HeartbreakIt’s raining. The tears are streaming from my glass panes and I cannot see clearly. I knew there was a forecast for difficult conditions, but I wasn’t expecting this downpour.

It’s not the unpredictable that I don’t like. Give me sun, snow, rain or wind, and I can stand tall and adjust my layers accordingly. Any element that surprises me is just another opportunity to show strength, perseverance and flexibility.

Under Her Skin: Pain Within and the Power of Hope

Jensy Scarola by Jensy Scarola | April 23rd, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: counseling, depression, eating disorder, HOPE, light, love, marriage, meditation, parenting, post-partum depression, reader story, Relationships, stress, suicide, The Gaiam Hope Project, therapy, Yoga, yoga retreat

Jensy

In the spring of 2007, after the birth of my second beautiful daughter, I relapsed from the eating disorder and severe depression I suffered with in college.

After six months of draining the lives of so many family and friends, I decided to receive intensive therapy once and for all. I was losing my husband, alienating friends and family members and spending days and weeks inside the house. I had two little girls to take care of and I could barely take care of myself.

Activate Your Hope Chakra

Chrissy Carter by Chrissy Carter | April 18th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: Anahata chakra, asana, bija mantra, breath, breathe, breathing technique, Chair Pose, corpse pose, darkness, depression, Fierce Pose, fourth chakra, heart chakra, HOPE, hopelessness, light, lotus pose, meditation, mountain-pose, Padmasana, pranayama, Rabindranath Tagore, savasana, Standing Forward Bend, Sun Salutation, Surya Namaskara, Tadasana, Utkatasana, Uttanasana, vinyasa, YAM, yoga poses

Chrissy Carter

Practice yoga with Chrissy Carter’s Chaturanga Vinyasa Flow video on GaiamTV.com.

It is impossible to know hope until one has experienced hopelessness — that feeling of suffocating permanence, as if you will be forever trapped in your present situation. In a place of hopelessness, all feels irrevocably lost. We harden and brace ourselves for permanent pain in the same way that we gather and store reserves in preparation for a long, hard winter. It’s as if the shutters have been closed and all the lights turned off. Lost in the darkness, we succumb to avidya (ignorance), the belief that our finite experience is all-pervasive and interminable. Helpless, hapless and hopeless, it is impossible to imagine a light at the end of the tunnel, and we start to lose sight of the big picture.

But in these times, hope can be a light in the darkness, filtering through the slats in the shutters, shifting the shadows in our dark room from ominous to promising. Suddenly and against all odds, we can find compassion for ourselves in the face of suffering.

Yoga and Trauma: Letting the Light Shine In

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | March 30th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: 9/11, anxiety, asana, depression, faith, fear, HOPE, inner peace, Jennifer Fugo, life, light, love, post-traumatic stress, PTSD, September 11th, trauma, traumatic experience, Yoga, yoganonymous

Yoga and Traumaby Jennifer Fugo

At the ripe ol’ age of 20, I wandered into my first yoga class at the Equinox gym on 19th and Broadway in New York City.

I was attending college nearby and two roommates convinced me to go with them. Although I can barely recall the teacher and the actual class, I do remember how my body felt the next day. I had sore muscles in places that I’d didn’t even know I had muscles! Aside from a more peaceful sense of being, I loved that I could finally connect with my physical body in a way I’d not known since being an avid swimmer in grade school.

Although some people may measure the ‘greatness’ of a yoga class by the amount of sweat pouring from their body or the number of times they can leap into a handstand, I have found the value of a class far exceeds these physical feats. The deeper ‘pearls’ of wisdom to be gained from yoga are available to all practitioners  — not just the superhuman ones!

8 Steps to Reversing Diabesity

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | February 16th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: belly fat, cancer, chronic health conditions, dementia, depression, detox, diabesity, diabetes, diet, Dr. Mark Hyman MD, epidemic, fasting blood sugar, food, glucose, healthy-eating, heart disease, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, kidney failure, life expectancy, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, nervous system, nutrition, obesity, overweight, pre-diabetes, stress, stroke, supplements, The Blood Sugar Solution, toxins, type 2 diabetes

Diabesity

Last week I began a discussion about a modern epidemic, a deadly disease that one of every two Americans has, a disease that’s making us fat and sick. And 90 percent of those affected don’t even know they have it!

This disease is diabesity, the continuum of abnormal biology that ranges from mild insulin resistance to full-blown diabetes.

The Lazy Person’s Way to Meditate?

Bill Harris by Bill Harris | January 26th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: benefits of meditation, Bill Harris, brain waves, Centerpointe Research Institute, depression, emotional issues, enlightenment, happiness, hard to meditate, headphones, health, Holosync, meditate, meditation, problems, stress, thoughts, unhappy, well-being

New Way to MeditateIf you’re like most people, you have, at some point at least, tried meditation. But if you are also like most people, you’ve probably not found meditation user-friendly enough to become a regular habit.

In addition to the age-old spiritual benefits, thousands of research studies have demonstrated that meditation increases awareness, well-being and equanimity; relieves anxiety, depression and other mental health problems; increases mental clarity; and reduces the stress associated with many medical problems.