Yoga for stress relief   

Yoga is a comfortable form of exercise that does not stress or strained the individual. One of its major factors is the treatment of depression or mental issue is with the help of Pranayama and meditation. However if you are under any form of medication from a medical practitioner, yoga must be performed in consultation with your doctor. Almost all forms of yogasana help in dealing with the root cause of depression by toning up the central nervous system, stimulating the back circulation in the body, promoting and boosting concentration in the mind and energizing the physical and mental self. Deep meditation techniques are highly advisable in order to combat depression and anxious feelings. A daily yoga session comprising 30 minutes of meditation and at least 25 minutes of yogasanas can help to boost the circulation of blood, which then shuns the feelings of lethargy and depression.
Yogic cure:


         [1]Shatkarma                                       {Purificatory techniques}

{a} kunjal                                    {volitional stomach wash }

{b} sutra neti                             { Nose-wash by string }

{c} jala neti                                {Nose wash water}

{d} Kapal bhati                        {Lungs and brain wash by breathing}



            [2]Yogasanas:-                                                       {Posture}

{a} Paschimottanasana                           {Posteriar  stretch }

{b} Shavasana                                            {Corpse }

{c} Halasana                                               {Plough}

{d} Supta-vajrasana                                 {Lying adamantine}

{e} Shalbhasana                                        {Locust}

{f} Matsyendrasana                                 {Spinal twist}

{g} Bhujangasana                                     {Cobra}

{h} Shirsasana                                          {Head stand}

{i}  Dhanurasana                                      {Bow}

{j}  Ustrasana                                            {Camel}

{k} Padmasana                                         {Lotus}

{l}  Akarna dhanurasana                       {Strung bow}

{m} Sarvangasana                                  {Shoulder stand}

{n} Matsyasana                                      {Fish}

{o}  Pad-hastasana                                {Hand posture }

{p} Trikonasana                                     {Triple}

{q} Pawan-Muktasana                          {Wind relese Posture}

{r} Sinhasana                                           {Lion}

{s} Ardha Chakrasana


 [3] Pranayama                          {Body-mind energizing breathing practice}


{a} Kapalbhati                          {Lungs & brain wash by breathing}

{b} Anulome vilome               {Alternate nostrilar pranayama }

{c} Bhastrika                             {Bellows pranayama }

{d} Ujjayi                                    {Hissing pranayama


     [4] Bandhas:-                                   {Bands}

{a}Maha bandh

{b} Uddiyana  bandh                     {Abdominal lock}

{c} Moola  bandh                            {Anal lock}


[5]Mudra:-                                                       {Finger –posture}


[6] Dhayan                                                                {Meditation}

     Om Chanting

[7] Fasting:-

 [7] Yogic diet:-

Your diet should also Sattvic (light and predominantly vegetarian), easily digestible, containing plenty of fruit and salads. You must also drink plenty of fluids by way of water, fruit and vegetable juices, all of which help cool the brain and nerves. Also have plenty of curd and buttermilk but avoid milk and milk products such as butter and cheeses. Similarly, stay away from spicy foods, fast / junk foods, confectionery products, cigarettes and alcohol; any and every sort of intoxication, in fact, even wines. Above all, you should keep a cool head at all times and stop worrying about what might not be.

Scientific Explanation:-

Stress relief through Yoga Asana-

Stretching muscles and ligaments
Stretching has beneficial effects on the body. Stretching muscles and ligaments results to increase in blood supply to the muscles, ligaments and relax them by alleviating tension and stress, pressure in the nerves of that area.

Stress relief through Deep breathing (pranayama)
During retaining the yoga posture breathes is slow and deep. This increases the oxygen and prana supply to the target organ or gland. It reduces stress and anxiety.

Stress relief through Concentration and meditation
During slowly and deeply breathing the attention is focused on the target organ or gland. This brings the mind into play, and greatly increases the circulation and prana supply to the organ or gland.
Regular Yoga practice daily helps to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being.

Overall asana, pranayama and meditation clear all depression and rejuvenate the life.

Home remedies:-

    • Add 1/3 cup ginger and 1/3 cup baking soda to a hot bath for relaxation.
    • Rub little brahmi oil or castor oil on the soles of your feet at bedtime.
    • Drink a tea made from sage leaves sweetened with honey.
  • Chew 10-12 leaves of basil (tulsi) leaves twice a day.

By-  Yogi Yoganand