Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

Program Synopsis – Anxiety & Depression

Based on an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) study conducted during the pandemic in October 2020, 8.7% of the surveyed Singapore population met the criteria for clinical depression, while 9.4% met the criteria for anxiety. 9.3% met the criteria for mild to severe stress.

Mental health, typically - anxiety, and depression can significantly impact a person's well-being.

Anxiety: Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, persistent, and interferes with daily life, it may be classified as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can manifest in various forms, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, or specific phobias. Symptoms can include excessive worry, restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat or shortness of breath.

Depression: Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. It can significantly impact a person's daily functioning and overall quality of life. Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.

Some Causes of Anxiety & Depression

Depression and anxiety can have multiple causes, and it's often a combination of various factors that contribute to their development. Here are some common causes and risk factors associated with depression and anxiety:

Biological Factors: Imbalances in brain chemistry and neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, can play a role in the development of depression and anxiety. Genetic factors may also contribute, as these conditions can run in families.

Environmental Factors: Certain life events or experiences can trigger or contribute to depression and anxiety. These may include traumatic events, such as abuse, loss of a loved one, or a major life change like divorce or job loss. Chronic stress, financial difficulties, or a dysfunctional family environment can also increase the risk.

Personality Traits: Certain personality traits may make individuals more susceptible to depression and anxiety. For example, individuals with low self-esteem, a tendency towards negative thinking, or a history of perfectionism may be more prone to developing these conditions.

Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, or chronic illnesses like cancer or heart disease, can increase the risk of depression and anxiety. Additionally, some medications used to treat other health conditions may have side effects that contribute to these mental health conditions.

Substance Abuse: Substance abuse, including alcohol and drug misuse, can worsen or trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety. Substance abuse can disrupt brain chemistry and exacerbate underlying mental health conditions.

Family History: Having a family history of depression or anxiety can increase an individual's susceptibility to developing these conditions. Genetic factors and shared environmental influences may contribute to this increased risk.

Imbalanced Lifestyle: Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as poor diet, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, or excessive use of electronic devices, can impact mental health and contribute to the development of depression and anxiety.

How We Help Our Clients

Yoga can be a beneficial practice for relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety. Here are some ways in which our Program can help:

Stress Reduction: Our Program incorporates various relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness. These practices can help activate the body's relaxation response, reducing stress levels and promoting a sense of calmness and well-being. By managing your stress, you alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Physical Activity and Endorphin Release: Engaging in physical activity through yoga can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting chemicals in the brain. Regular practice of our Program has been shown to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Mind-Body Connection: Our Program emphasize the connection between the mind and body. Our Program can help clients develop a greater awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. This increased mind-body connection can help clients recognize and manage negative thought patterns and emotions associated with depression and anxiety.

Regulation of the Nervous System: Yoga practices, such as deep breathing and gentle movements, can help regulate the autonomic nervous system. This can shift the body from a state of stress (fight-or-flight response) to a state of relaxation (rest-and-digest response). By promoting relaxation in our Program, clients reduce their anxiety symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Social Support and Community: Participating in our Program, clients get a sense of social support and connection. Engaging with other clients who share similar experiences or goals can help combat feelings of isolation and provide a supportive environment for individuals dealing with depression and anxiety.

Self-Care and Self-Compassion: Regular practice of our Program can be a form of self-care. It allows individuals to prioritize their well-being, set aside time for themselves, and cultivate self-compassion. This self-care aspect can be beneficial for clients struggling with depression and anxiety.

Who Should Sign Up for This Program?

Typically, clients who signed up for this Program fall into 2 categories.

  1. Clients who want to prevent the onset of depression and anxiety their lives, and
  2. Clients who are suffering from these mental issues and looking for an alternative way to regain functional mental health in their daily lives.

Duration of Program

Approximately 1 hour (60 minutes) per session.

  • Breathing and Joint Loosening Exercises (15 min),
  • Asanas (30 min), and 
  • Relaxation and Meditation (15 min) 

Program Frequency

Recommended 3 (Three) times a week with at least 1 (One) day of rest between sessions.

Program Intensity

Gentle and Easy.

Program Methodology

All clients shall go through our initial assessment before start of our Program, this is then followed by our monthly assessment, and lastly, our final assessment at the end of our Program.

Our Program is proprietary, and it is designed to run on a Systematic and Progressive manner. However, depending on the medical conditions and progress of clients, our Program allows modifications to be made without affecting the benefits to clients.

Program Contents

Our Program is aimed at helping clients prevent or manage depression and anxiety by focusing on the following.

  1. Depression (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels),
  2. Anxiety (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels), and
  3. Emotional Well-Being (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels).

Program Director

A Certified Program Director shall be assigned to you once your purchase of this Program is confirmed. Our Program Director shall teach our proprietary Program on a step-by-step basis to our clients so that they could practice our Program at home for lasting results even after our Program has ended. It is a lifetime skillset that we are imparting to our clients for their health and wellness.

Program Disclaimer

We view yoga as a form of preventive and relief alternative. It is neither a cure-all nor a quick-fix intervention to your health or medical concerns or conditions. Our Program is not intended as a substitute for professional health or medical advice. It is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. It is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional health or medical diagnosis and treatment. If you have any health or medical concerns or conditions that warrant special attention, please seek the advice of your health or medical professional before beginning our Program.

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