An overview provided here
Symptoms of depression:
Sadness, loneliness, loss of self confidence, loss of self esteem, poor diet, poor sleep patterns, fatigue, body aches and pain.
Yoga and Ayurveda views this as disturbances in the 5 bodies as follows:
Physical body: Poor diet, poor sleep, aches and pains are associated to the physical body. Here a great importance is placed on 2 key aspects. "AGNI" (digestive fire) and building RASA (lymphatic drainage). Agni is responsible for processing and metabolising food. As mind and body is interconnected it also associates with processing and metabolising thoughts and emotions. Rasa is not just the lymphatic system but considered the juice of life. For these aspects, Ayurveda recommends increasing agni through diet . Try having heating food. Ginger, turmeric cinnamon. Yoga recommends core building exercises. To increase rasa is to flush out the tiredness and fatigue, try movement with awareness.
Energy body: Fatigue is associated with lack of oxygenation to the body. Here Yoga states that out of the 5 energy flows UDANA, the outward flowing energy is supressed. This is energy movement from the diaphragm to the head and responsible for exhalation. With depression there is a tendency to suppress to the extent that one becomes unconscious that they are supressing. Suppression is always in relation to what is "heartfelt".
Mental body: Loss of self confidence and self esteem sits in the mental field. It is our thoughts and doubt about ourselves which leads us these feelings. They come from TAMAS, the mental field that is low, lethargic, inactive and negative. Yoga suggests breaking TAMAS, which is done through activity. Activate the body, go for walks, do yoga, but Yoga does not suggest running. Running is like beating a tired horse. Mantra chanting also helps as sound vibrations brings onto one out of the dull state of mind.
Intellectual body: Only when we get to a level of awareness can we really work through depression. The key triggers are not always easy to tackle unless we are able to observe with detachment. The moment we are able do this, the hold that it has starts to diminish. The physical body and mental body needs to have a certain level of readiness therefore specific yogic postures, breathing techniques, diet and sleep patterns are some of the basic requirements breathing through depressions.
Bliss body: "The happy body/self". The feelings of sadness and loneliness are at the opposite end of the spectrum of happiness and there in lies the key to unlocking depression. There has been an event in the past where one has felt the need to suppress. The emotion associated with the event was so strong whereby the heart has been shut down. The only way out of depression is through the heart and all the 5 bodies are involved in opening this space again.
We may understand this framework above but how does one reach the bliss body when there is so much going on? We can read only so much and sometimes it just adds to the depressions. From my experience, understanding each of these segments in deeper aspects helps only with a structured yogic practice.
We offer you the opportunity to "Break through Depression" with an 8week course or a personalised yoga programme. You will complete a questionnaire at the start to access the energy imbalances in your body and review this midway and at the end of the 8 weeks. Each week we provide you with simple and easy disciplines that can be incorporated at home. Finally we provide weekly postures and breathing techniques to move the lymphatic system, open the heart and release the blockages with Udana, the outward flowing energy. come join us and start feeling more like yourself.
Workshop: Restore from Depressions
Term: 8 weeks
Date and time: Starts Tuesday 22nd July from 5.00pm – 6.15pm
Investment: $150 if booked before 24th June otherwise $210
Venue: Yoga Therapy Centre, 129d Onewa Road, Northcote, Auckland NZ
Registration CLICK HERE
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Together, let’s heal each other.
Hari Om Tat Sat.