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I came across an article talking about the benefits of yoga to depression and lower back pain, here. While the article doesn’t really talk much about how Yoga would help depression, I can think of a few reasons why yoga might be good for our mood:

  • Yoga is often done in groups, so you get some social contact. Sometimes we can find people annoying, and sometimes we just want to be alone, but other times it’s good to mix with people.
  • Practicing Yoga it is usually a calming and relaxing exercise, which directly makes us feel better. And most exercise is generally good for the body and the mind.
  • Doing new things often comes a self of self-accomplishment, it’s nice experiencing new things, and adding to our skills.

Come to think of it, part of the benefit is directly yoga, but part of it comes from just getting out there and being active. I wonder if anyone’s done any research on the beneficial effects of starting a new hobby? Whether it’s joining a social netball team, a dance class, or whatever, if it involves doing things with people, and trying out new things, it’s hard to see it not being helpful.

So, if you’re at a place where you have a lot of time on your hands, maybe you should think about getting out there and trying something new? It could be yoga, could be something else. Either way, it’s probably worth giving it a go.

September 2009