Yoga for Depression

Boost feel-good endorphins with these yoga poses for depression.

Bound Angle Pose

 (BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna) baddha = bound kona = angle Bound Angle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Step by StepSit with your legs straight out in front of you, raising your pelvis...

Bridge Pose

 (SET-too BAHN-dah) setu = dam, dike, or bridge bandha = lock Bridge Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsLie supine on the floor, and if necessary, place a...

Corpse Pose

 (shah-VAHS-anna) sava = corpseThis pose is also called Mrtasana (pronounced mrit-TAHS-anna, mrta = death) Corpse Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsIn Savasana it’s essential that the...

Dolphin Plank Pose

  Dolphin Plank Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsStart in Dolphin Pose, knees bent. Then walk your feet back until your shoulders are directly over...

Dolphin Pose

  Dolphin Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsCome onto the floor on your hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your...

Easy Pose

  Easy Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsFold a thick blanket or two into a firm support about six inches high. Sit close to one...

Extended Puppy Pose

Extended Puppy Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsCome onto all fours. See that your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above...

Feathered Peacock Pose

   Feathered Peacock Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions (pin-cha my-your-AHS-anna) pinca = feather mayura = peacockPerform a modified Adho Muhka Svanasana at your yoga wall, with...

Fire Log Pose

Fire Log Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsSit on one edge of a thickly-folded blanket, knees bent, feet on the floor. Lightly shrug your...

Handstand

 Like its inverted cousins such as Forearm Balance and Headstand, a major obstacle to Handstand is a natural fear of falling. So the basic...

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose

(vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-ee) viparita = turned around, reversed, inverted karani = doing, making, action Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsThe pose described here is a passive, supported variation of the...

Reclining Bound Angle Pose

 (SOUP-tah BAH-dah cone-NAHS-anna) supta = lying down, reclining baddha = bound kona = angle Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsPerform Baddha Konasana. Exhale and lower...

Seated Forward Bend

(POSH-ee-moh-tan-AHS-anna) paschimottana = intense stretch of the west (pashima = west uttana = intense stretch) Seated Forward Bend: Step-by-Step InstructionsSit on the floor with...

Standing Forward Bend

(OOT-tan-AHS-ahna) ut = intense tan = to stretch or extend Standing Forward Bend: Step-by-Step InstructionsStand in Tadasana, hands on hips. Exhale and bend forward...

Supported Headstand

 (sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna) salamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sirsa = head Supported Headstand: Step-by-Step InstructionsUse a folded blanket or sticky mat...

Supported Shoulderstand

 (sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna) salamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sarva = all anga = limb. There are variations of Shoulderstand that are “unsupported” = niralamba,...

Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose

 (OORD-vah don-your-AHS-anna) urdhva = upward dhanu = bow Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsLie supine on the floor. Bend your knees and set your...

Upward-Facing Dog Pose

(OORD-vah MOO-kah shvon-AHS-anna) urdhva mukha = face upward (urdhva = upward mukha = face) svana = dog Upward-Facing Dog Pose: Step-by-Step InstructionsLie prone on the...

Wide-Legged Forward Bend

Yoga Poses for headaches
(pra-sa-REE-tah pah-doh-tahn-AHS-anna) prasarita = stretched out, expanded, spread, with outstretched limbs pada = foot ut = intense tan = to stretch or extend (compare the Latin verb...

Wild Thing

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  Wild Thing: Step-by-Step InstructionsStart in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog).Bring your weight into your right hand and roll...
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