Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Can Yoga Help with Anxiety and Depression?

According to the Harvard Mental Health Letter, recent studies suggest that Yoga, an ancient physical exercise that involves different body poses, breathing techniques, and meditation can:

  • Reduce the impact of stress
  • Help with anxiety and depression
  • Be a self-soothing technique similar to meditation, relaxation, and exercise
  • Improve energy

As the exercise focuses on deep, controlled breathing, encouraging a greater mind-body awareness, after years of doing yoga, some people find that the practice transforms their lives to an even greater degree.


They have a different perspective on the meaning and purpose of their life, and their goals become less materialistic and more spiritual and charitable.

Dr. Khalsa

Yoga, with its gentle, calming, and fluid nature, allows for flexibility in its poses, so people of all levels can practice. Emphasizing breath, concentration, and smooth movement, you’ll be encouraged to focus on positive images to calm the body and mind.

As exercise, yoga is a natural way to increase serotonin production. According to the Journal of Psychiatry and NeuroscienceTrusted Source, serotonin production plays a role in the treatment of depression. Serotonin is believed to play a major role in happiness.

Yoga also increases your heart rate variability (HRV), or change in time between heart beats, by increasing the relaxation response over the stress response in the body. A high HRV means that your body is better at self-monitoring or adapting, particularly to stress.

Many people such as myself use yoga therapy to manage mental and emotional problems, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. We would love to hear what has worked for you before, and if you would like to give Yoga a try, schedule a FREE Discovery Class, a 30-min session where I’ll introduce you to our science-based approach to wellness.

Published by Ney

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE & YOGA INSTRUCTOR I'm Ney, from Tanzania, currently living and teaching Yoga in the DMV - Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. I'm also the Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer of a nonprofit in Tanzania called Tap Elderly Women’s Wisdom for Youth - TEWWY. I started practicing Yoga to manage my debilitating anxiety; and it has since transcended to fuel my passion for Social Justice. TEWWY, a mental health stakeholder in TZ, facilitates psychosocial interventions by bridging the intergenerational gap through training elderly retired women in Interpersonal Counseling. The grandmotherly Wisdom&Wellness Counselors (WWCs) provide mental health services, support and resources to their underserved communities. The WWCs facilitate Wisdom&Wellness Circles, safe-spaces for people to share & care beyond what meets the eye as they build community. I teach Yoga as a radical tool in creating just and sustainable communities through the promotion of mental health & wellness. As we integrate the practice of Yoga in TEWWYs Mental Health Intervention Programs, we are building communities that are well equipped to adapt to change and cope with adversity. If you would like to be a part of our Wisdom&Wellness Community, let’s connect below.

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