I tried my first real yoga class today. I say real in the sense that it was taught better than other ones I have had in the past. If you can imagine a bowling ball doing poses, that was me. I’m very out of shape, but I managed to make it through the class. I’m trying to do this right and learn yoga from someone who knows what they are doing, not a tape or video or a class that is too large for some better instruction.
I felt MUCH better after the class and kind of rode a natural relaxed state all day. It was wonderful.
There are uses of yoga for managing moods. Here is a video with a yoga routine that purports to help with sadness in general. I can’t vouch for it, but I submit it as an example of what practitioners try to do to help with depression. Of course, the usual caveats about checking with your doctor first, etc. apply.
I am also reading a book on the treatment of depression with Yoga by Amy Weintraub: Yoga for Depression. So far it is pretty good, although I think it is better read by someone who has some expreience with yoga, as there is a bit of Sanskrit. However, she writes in a clear way and it is quite understandable. I am hoping to find pranayama (i.e. breating exercises) that may be helpful for some of my clients who are willing to try them in order to deal with depression.