Fighting Depression with Yogic Breathing

Depression can become much severe than any disease that you can imagine. A good way to fight such states is through Meditation. Meditation helps to lessen the severity of depression among people, specifically those who do not fully respond to drugs.

Recent researches have revealed significant improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety among patients with the severe depressive disorder who took part in a yogic breathing class.
The “Sudarshan Kriya” yoga aided those suffering from the severe state of depression and on medication when compared to those who only took medicines.

“The study found a promising, lower-cost therapy that could potentially serve as an effective, non-drug approach for patients battling depression,” said Anup Sharma, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, in the US.

Fighting Depression with Yogic Breathing
Fighting Depression with Yogic Breathing

The technique can be practised while in groups and as well as individually. This technique includes a set of sequential, rhythm-specific breathing exercises that bring people into a deep, restful and meditative state.

Basically, the breathing practice involves slow and calm breaths alternated with fast and stimulating breaths.

Patients, who practised Sudarshan Kriya yoga, also showed a significantly greater improvement in mood, interest in activities, energy levels.

It also brought down suicidal thoughts and feelings of guilt among other symptoms of depression.
“Sudarshan Kriya yoga gives people an active method to experience a deep meditative state that’s easy to learn and incorporate in diverse settings,” Sharma added.

Past studies suggest that yoga and other controlled breathing techniques can potentially adjust the nervous system to reduce stress hormones.