Yoga and Meditation can Elevate Stress and Depression

Studies have shown that regular yoga and meditation can boost your quality of life.

An estimated 16.1 million adults have a diagnosis of depression in the United States. It is one of the most common health issues in our country.

Antidepressants are still the most common clinical treatment for depression. Luckily, there are other ways to promote mental well-being. My belief is that it’s prudent for us, as a culture, to explore these safe methods of treatment. It may not replace the need for medication, but it may enhance the treatment for many individuals.

Things like yoga and meditation have a reputation of being phony or a waste of money. Even despite the many studies conducted on the subject showing the opposite. These practices show to have lasting positive effects.

The University of Southern California has conducted a study on yoga. The study shows that yoga can improve both our physical and mental resistance to stress.

Not only that, the study shows to be effective in tackling depression. The effects can even last for up to 4 months after participation. With results like that, it seems like it might be worth it for everyone to at least give it a try.

Dr. Elizabeth Hoge at CATSD discusses the topic. She tells us that meditation makes perfect sense for people struggling with anxiety. She says that people with anxiety struggle with distracting thoughts. These thoughts have a lot of power with the patient. They have a hard time telling between a thought that is problem-solving and one that has no benefit.

Want to give it a try? There is a handy website that will help you find yoga classes near you. Try going to yogaclassnearyou.com. There are several events there from beginner’s classes to full retreats. There is even special classes for pregnancy and seniors.

Have you tried yoga or meditation? If so, what have been your results? If not, what’s stopping you from trying it?