Is Yoga the New Prozac?

Yoga has recently emerged as a path of natural recovery and healing from anxiety and depression. By opening the body with yoga postures and breath, we increase the energy flow and life force that is critical for healing and unlocking trapped emotions. Yoga stimulates the glands, organs and brain with freshly oxygenated blood, bringing the chemicals of the body back into balance naturally without using drugs.

In 1987, the introduction of Prozac helped millions of people all over the world find relief from the crippling symptoms of depression. This type of drug helps to balance the brain chemistry by using serotonin reuptake inhibitors; however, they also come with many side effects including nausea, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, insomnia and lethargy.

Yoga has been shown to produce similar results as antidepressants without any side effects. Certain yoga postures stimulate the endocrine system to produce serotonin, while other postures normalise over-functioning of the hormones and help to maintain balance in the endocrine system.

Yoga is meditation in motion. The physical part of yoga, stretching, lengthening and holding in postures, requires focus and can be quite strenuous, allowing you to have a full awareness of your body. It is this awareness that draws the mind back to the present moment.

Research has proven that by living more in the present moment we can be free of negative mind states, manage stress better, improve relationships and have happier and more stable lives. The breath is what joins the mind and body and is an essential ingredient to connecting the conscious mind to the unconscious mind.

The human body exists only in the present moment, unlike the mind, which tends to drift off into the past and future. Drifting into the past can drag up memories and give a feeling of longing or emptiness. Drifting into the future can create anxiety for the things we do not have or tasks or projects we need to get done.

The power is in the now; the past and the future hold no power


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4 Responses to Is Yoga the New Prozac?

  1. I wish that doctors would prescribe yoga instead of the anti-depressants which they are so quick to hand out! Love this article.

    • tracey says:

      Hi Charlie, I agree and that was the reason for writing my book. To create some awareness about how we can empower ourselves to move from depression to happiness withour drugs.
      Namaste Tracey

  2. Elise says:

    I have to say…I was really a skeptic when it came to yoga. I mean, how hard can stretching really be?
    Well, it is challenging and I love it.
    Good post!

    • tracey says:

      HI Elise, I couldn’t agree more, Yoga has changed my world. I found a calm and inner peace I never knew existed.

      Namaste Tracey

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