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Yogic philosophy holds that nature and matter are characterized by three qualities: Tamas, rajas, and sattva. These are also considered qualities of our mental-emotional make-up, and as such can offer useful insights into how certain yoga postures may be helpful in relieving depression and depression-related anxiety.
"Take a step, no matter how small”. This was the advice of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar to Patricia Walden some 40 years ago when she sought help to deal with recurring depression. Little by little, one small step at a time, progress can—and will—be made.
In the first study of yoga and stress in primary health care, Swedish researchers evaluated the effects on patients with a range of stress-related symptoms and diagnoses, from the pain of supraspinatus syndrome to hypertension to depression.