Depression, anxiety and stress affect more than just your mood, they affect our energy levels, sex drive, appetite and physical posture. How we feel is influenced by how we breathe and our ability to sleep.
Yoga as a therapy? Why yes! Yoga provides you with you with useful tools to change instantly how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically.
As a Clinical Psychologist and soon to be a certified Yoga Instructor (Kundalini Yoga in May 2011), I found myself giving out “prescriptions” of specific breathing and meditations more and more to patients these days so they can heal their nervous system and balance their hormones while we work together to modify thoughts and behaviors. It provides a system of immediate emotional and mental relief.
The fact is that yoga techniques such as postures, breathing exercises and meditations that use mantra (sounds/vibration) and tapping (mudra) are extremely effective in reducing symptoms depression and anxiety. For some of my clients daily breathing, meditation and exercise have replaced their anti-depressant or stimulants for attention deficits.
Quick Tip:Sit in cross legged position or on your heels. Make sure your spine is straight. Bring your gaze to the tip of your nose. Relax your shoulders and abdominal area as you inhale. As you exhale gently bring your naval point inward and upwards. Clear your mind. Focus on your breath for 3 min.
In addition they are effective in improving symptoms of attention deficits and concentration, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and breaking other bad patterns. Studies show that certain meditations are effective in improving memory and blood circulation to parts of the brain.
Yoga therapy facilitates cellular regeneration restoring our nervous systems and stimulates our hormones. This is important maintain focus and a balanced mood. If you experience mood swings, battle with anxiety or experience physical stress reactions (headaches, migraines, TMJ, teeth grinding, back and should pain, stomach aches, insomnia) then yoga therapy and biofeedback could help change these automatic responses.
Meditation and breathing can also develop your intuition and improve your ability to connect with other people since they develop our ability to interact less judgmentally and act with grace and acceptance.
For more information about group or private sessions please contact Dr Albin at 212-631-1133 or DrJayme@askthecbt.com