Yoga for Depression and Anxiety

Treating Depression and Anxiety - The Yoga Way

While society is slowly getting better at discussing mental health issues, it is still a topic that many people are uncomfortable talking about. But we all know someone who suffers from conditions such as Depression or Anxiety. In fact, 20% of Canadians will personally deal with mental illness in their lifetime but almost half of those individuals will not even go to their doctor to discuss their condition. They are either too embarrassed, don’t think it is serious enough to worry about, or don’t want to inconvenience anyone with their problems.

But here is the problem…it is serious, you don’t need to be embarrassed, and anyone who thinks it is inconvenient for you to share what you are going through is not worth your time anyway.

It is important to share what you are feeling and going through. Talk to your doctor, spouse, best friend, or closest family member. Or anyone you feel comfortable with. Seeking treatment, whether it be medication, counseling, or an alternative or supplementary treatment is important to not just you mental wellbeing but also you physical health as well. It is a well known fact that the symptoms of depression include not just the psychological but physical aspects as well.

Many people are now looking for other forms of treatment to supplement that which they are receiving from their physician. Studies are constantly in motion to find other forms of treatment. One popular alternative which has gone through multiple studies is Yoga. These studies have found that with the right instructor and regimen, Yoga can be very effective in improving both the physical and psychological symptoms of both anxiety and depression.

When you suffer from Anxiety and/or Depression there is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, of helplessness, of a loss of control in what direction your life has taken. So here is what you have to do. Take charge of your life. And more important, take charge of your treatment.

If you are interested in discussing whether Yoga is a good option for you, any of our physiotherapists or our massage therapist will be more than happy to discuss the topic with you. Gateway Physiotherapy will be starting Yoga sessions this month (September) so you won’t have to look far.