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By: Manmohan Singh
Usually, morning comes with so much freshness and vigor. But for you, there is nothing good about the morning. Right from beginning of the day to its end, you constantly feel down, sad and hopeless, even while sleeping. Nothing is able to bring your smile back. If you are in this situation for quite some time, you might have become a victim of depression. The sooner you find the solution, the better things will be. So cheer up, and bring your life back on the track with Yoga.

Depression is a disease that affects your brain and mental health. It comes out as your reaction to sadness, dejection, or loss of a beloved. When sadness aggravates and becomes too intense, it becomes a medical condition called clinical depression. There can be many reasons for this problem such as extreme sadness, some medical conditions, high stress levels, post-trauma reaction, genetic fluctuations in hormone levels, etc. The problem of depression is common yet severe and it needs to be cured before it gets out of hand.

Yoga is one of the best ways to lighten the mood, clear the mind and boost happiness. While going through different postures, blood flow to the brain region is increased which increases the production of mood-elevating hormones. A few minutes of yoga will change your mood instantly and so will your life. Here is a list of 6 wonderful yoga poses that help keep depression at bay:

1.Child’s Pose or Balasana: Kneel down and sit on your heels in a way that your toes touch each other. Place your palms on the knees and spread your knees hip-width apart. Exhale, bend forward in between your thighs in a way that your head touches the floor. Bring the arms forward and place them beside the hips with palms facing down. Place your chest on the thighs and stay in the moment for about 1 minute .

2.Downward Facing Dog Pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana:Come on your hands and knees to form a tabletop position with the body. Keep your knees and elbows straight and fingers widely spread. Slide your hands forward a few inches and raise the knees higher and straighten the legs. Press the palms into the ground and lift your hips upward to form an inverted ‘V’ pose with the body. Keep your hands shoulder-distance apart and knees hip-width apart on the floor. Press the hands into the floor and straighten the neck. Look at your navel and breathe deeply. Hold the posture for 1-3 minutes.

3.Bridge Pose or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Lie down on the mat. Keep your arms alongside the body with palms facing down. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor, slightly apart and close to your butt. Press the palms into the floor and, slowly lift your hips off the floor as you inhale. Press the upper shoulder and feet firmly into the floor and raise your entire back slowly off the floor. Press the thigh against each other and hold the posture for 5-7 breaths.

4.Uttanasana or Standing Forward Fold Pose: Stand straight with feet hip-distance apart and arms alongside the body. Inhale, keep your hands on the hips and bend forward at the hips. Let your head and chest touch the thighs. Now, bring down the arms to reach the floor besides feet or, hold the ankles from behind. Keep your thighs straight or bend the knee in order to avoid any strain. Hold the posture for a few breaths.

5.Corpse Pose or Savasana: Lie on the floor on your back. Keep your legs a few inches apart. Let your arms and legs fall sideways. Now, gently close your eyes and relax the whole body completely. Breathe deeply and, relax all the body parts one by one from head to toe. Stay in the moment for about 3-5 minutes.

6.Plow Pose or Halasana: Lie flat on the back. Keep your arms alongside the body. Lift your legs off the ground at 90 degrees to the ground. Keep your hands on the hips and use them as a support to lift your hips towards the chest. Slowly, bring the legs down over the head touching the ground with your toes beyond the head. Keep your thigh straight in order to avoid them touching the head. Hold the posture for a few seconds.

Practice these yoga poses to ease depression on a regular basis and boost your emotional health and happiness.

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