In May I wrote some blog posts about depression. I wrote about Five ways to beat the blues. You can read about it here.
In another blog post I showed a breathing exercise to boost your energy and lower your depression. This breathing exercise I use sometimes when I feel I need some energy and want to pick myself up pretty quickly.
In this video I want to challenge you a little bit more.
A couple of years ago when I went to a yoga course about depression I did a pretty challenging meditation for some weeks. At the time I was working on my anxiety. I felt kind of stuck in what I was doing. Not so depressed maybe, but low and a bit sad. So I decided to try out this meditation that is for depression and to recharge. It is a meditation that can be quite challenging, but also give you fresh energy and a new start. I loved it! It really changed me.
Why do we do challenging yoga poses or meditations? Well for a start as any other yoga pose, they balance your chakras, body and mind of course. But there is this feeling when you manage to do something that challenges you. The feeling of being strong, both physically and mentally. A feeling that you can conquer anything. It doesn´t necessarily have to be a difficult pose though. It can be that you actually could do your yoga in the morning even though you had a bad day. It can be that you did your morning yoga every day for 40 days in a row. It can be that you managed to do this meditation for 11 minutes. Maybe not the first day, but building up your strength and patience over time. We need to step into challenging things sometimes. We all have challenges in life that we need to meet and not to run away from. Yoga helps us with that. To step out of our comfort zone for a while. Not always. Sometimes we need to not step away from challenges also. It all depends where you are in life. I must admit I´m not the kind of yogi standing on my head. I do another kind of yoga form that has challenges in other ways. But I do have them and often I challenge myself in my yoga practice, like in this meditation. Try it out!
This is how you do it:
Sit with your spine straight.
Straighten out your arms in front of you. Your arms are straight.
Make a fist with the right hand.
Wrap your left hand around the right hand.
Keep the thumbs straight up.
At the top of the thumbs you notice that the space between the thumbs looks like a "V".
Keep your focus with the eyes open in this V-shaped space all the time.
Inhale for 5 seconds
Exhale for 5 seconds
Hold the breath out for 15 seconds
If you find it difficult to hold the breath out for 15 seconds you can start slow with 5 seconds and over time increase the time you are holding the breath out.
Start doing this meditation for 1 or 3 minutes and increase over time up to 11 minutes.
Exhale and relax.
A yogic tip:
If you find it hard for your shoulders to do this meditation: keep focus on your navel point, that is your power center, instead of focusing how hard it is for you shoulders. That will give you strength to continue this meditation.
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”