Depression affects millions of people and is actually the number one mental illness worldwide. Even though depression is a mental health condition, it can still have a significant impact on our physical health. Chronic depression can put you at increased risk for chronic pain, heart disease, weight gain, insomnia, and systemic inflammation. Yoga is a simple tool that you can use to minimize your risk of developing depression, or as a coping mechanism to deal with depressive symptoms.
Research has shown that yoga is just as effective as other forms of exercise and medication in reducing depressive symptoms in those diagnosed with major depression. Yoga helps to calm the nervous system, which can mitigate the body’s response to stress. This will not only help improve energy levels throughout the day but will also improve your quality of sleep, which is an important factor in both our mental and physical health.
Regular yoga practice is also a great way to naturally increase serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that contributes to our feelings of well-being and happiness. When levels become low, we often experience low mood, leading to both depression and anxiety. Lastly, yoga is a great way to engage with the community and meet new people, which can help enhance a sense of belonging and happiness within oneself.
Where to get started with Yoga?
Checkout a class today, and see just how good you can feel! At Blossom – Bayview Studio Fitness we have classes for all levels, from beginners to seasoned practitioners. We even have a class just for men called Dad Bod yoga, there’s something here for everyone! Not sure where to start? Contact us and we’ll make a recommendation based on your health history and your future goals. We also offer Yoga private sessions, which can be a great way to start!