Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

What is term Depression, in asana movement?

  • In yoga, depression refers to the movement of lowering a body part towards the ground or away from the ceiling. This movement can be used in many different asanas (poses) to strengthen and engage various muscle groups in the body.
  • For example, in a standing forward bend such as Uttanasana, the movement of depression is used to fold the torso over the legs, creating a stretch in the hamstrings and lower back. This can also help to release tension in the neck and shoulders, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
  • In poses like downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), depression is used to lower the head and upper body towards the ground, while engaging the muscles of the back, shoulders, and arms. This pose can help to strengthen the muscles of the upper body, improve posture and alignment, and calm the mind.
  • In seated forward bends like Janu Sirsasana, depression is used to bring the torso and head towards the extended leg, while engaging the muscles of the core and back to maintain proper alignment and stability. This pose can help to release tension in the hips, lower back, and hamstrings, promoting relaxation and flexibility.
  • Proper alignment and awareness of the body during depression can help to prevent injury and promote balance and strength throughout the body.

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