Stop the Holiday Blues with these 10 Yoga Poses

For some the Winter and Holidays can be filled with joy and for others it becomes a time of Melancholy, Overeating and Anxiety.  Yoga is an amazing tool that you can always use to overcome these issues.

Yoga for the Doshas: Depression
Make sure to warm up with a couple sun salutations.

Vata’s can express depression as overwhelm and anxiety.  Not wanting to get out of bed in the morning and not eating enough.  Too much to do and too many people to please.
Yoga poses for Vata Depression: Childs Pose (Balasana), Reclined/Supported Fish Pose (simple Matsyasana), Legs up a Wall (Viparita Karani) and Abdominal Breath.
These poses release fear and stress as well as activate the digestive system.

Balasana

Legs up a wall with supported fish pose

Pitta’s can express depression as Anger, Intensity and become Overdriven.  This means pulling all nighters and feeling the need to do everything themselves.  As well as frequent outbursts at loved ones and co-workers.
Yoga poses for Pitta depression: Heart Chakra Pose (Anahatasana), Humble Warrior, Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana), Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Ardha Matsyandrasana).
These poses are detoxing, cooling and calming.

Ardha Matsyandrasana

Ardha Chandrasana

Anahatasana

Kapha’s can express depression as Lethargy, Dullness of the Mind, and Overeating.  This can show up as not leaving the house, lack of motivation and energy.
Yoga Poses for Kapha depression: Head stand (Sirsasana), Cross Bar Pose preparation (Parigasana), Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Lions Breath and active Fish Pose (Matsyasana).
These Poses are energizing, get the lymph moving, and open the lungs.

Sirsasana

Matsyasana

Parigasana

It’s time to break out of that funk!

3 Herbs you Need to Know for Healing Depression: Interview with Sarah Josey

Depression is a condition that reportedly affects one in ten Americans.  It is a conversation often avoided, but I was lucky enough to interview Sarah Josey Herbalist, Nutritionist and Founder of Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary.  She shared three herbs that everyone should know about when it comes to depression and one to avoid, while on medication.  Watch  video.

Find out more about Sarah Josey and Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary at http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/

Join the conversation below.  Have you tried any of these herbs?  Let me know in the comments.