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Meditation Monday: Yoga for Mental Health

It is a well known fact that exercise is beneficial for stress relief, anxiety and  depression, but yoga is one of the best. Yoga combines strength and flexibility exercises with meditation and relaxation…a winning combination if you’re fighting depression or anxiety.

5 Reasons to use Yoga for Mental Health (1)

  1. Yoga slows down breathing and heart rates, which lowers blood pressure
  2. It has been proven that yoga helps to boost GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which slows down brain activity, enabling you to relax. A one-hour session can increase GABA by 27% (1).
  3. Research indicates that regular use of yoga can lead to improved mood, reduced anxiety and anger reduction in people suffering from depression (1).  One study found that one 12 minute yoga session daily, for 8 weeks, can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a known risk factor for depression (1).
  4. Yoga raises the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is a type of protein that stimulates the development of new brain cells. (1)
  5. Yoga can improve memory and concentration. Doing just one 20 minute Hatha yoga session was shown to improve memory better than any other form of exercise.

This video  discusses the science behind why yoga helps improve conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and PTSD.

From: Live Sonima

Understanding How Yoga

Can Help Depression,

Anxiety & PTSD

Have I peaked your interest? If you are interested in using yoga to help with your depression, anxiety or stress, I have found 3 different routines for you. Each routine is approximately 30 minutes long. I personally find this to be the perfect length. Choose the video, instructor and routine that best fits you. Enjoy!

From: Psyche Truth

Beginners Yoga for

Depression, Stress,

the Blues


Anxiety Relief

Anxiety & Panic Attacks,

Deep Relaxation, Sleep,

Stress Relief, ASMR

From: Fightmaster Yoga

Yoga for Depression

I practice yoga as often as time allows in my life. (So not as often as I would like. 😦 ) I hope this article helps you understand how yoga can help with your depression, anxiety, or stress. It was my desire , through this article, to introduce you to yoga as a tool to help you combat the issues you face daily.

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.


About Tamara Hoerner (1348 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

23 Comments on Meditation Monday: Yoga for Mental Health

  1. trippingthroughtreacle // July 24, 2017 at 6:11 pm // Reply

    Love be this! Thank you, I have had a bit of a break from yoga recently but it does really help me switch off. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. I also find it hard to find the time, Iam trying to commit to once a week at the moment because it makes me feel so much better mentally!

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  3. Yoga is a beautiful way of knowing oneself. You portrayed it more beautifully with your words.

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  4. Thank you! I definitely want to up my yoga practice now after reading this!

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  5. Sat Nam, ❤ Hi Tamara! Im glad that you raise awareness to show those that are struggeling with mental health that Yoga is an alternative way to go 🙂 I have anxiety and depression, but beeing introduced to Yoga I will never look back again to find a better solution for my inner journey. I write a lot about mental health issues also, in relation to Yoga as Im enrolled in a Teacher Training program to become a certified Yoga Teacher by the end of 2018 🙂

    Blessings and much,

    Loving-Kindness, Metta Yoga

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  6. Yoga plays a role in mind-body health. In addition, with so many types of yoga to choose from there’s something for everyone. It reminds us to accept ourselves where we are.

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  7. i found your blog is very informative you have explained everything very well. thank you for showing your attention towards yoga and meditation. yoga and meditation is the way to live spiritual life. Every human being possesses Cosmic energy and has potential to achieve Herculean task in every phase of his/her life. Yoga is a natural way to awake all our suppressed energies and go for big transformation in life.. Visit our website blog to read more about yoga and meditation hope you like it


  8. Thank you for this post! Yoga is a life saver and stress reliever for me as well. I hope others begin to do yoga too!

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  9. thank you 🙂 This post was really helpful. I will use it during my stressful Uni exam time.

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