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“Isolation makes any problem bigger,” says Leslie Wilkin, a clinical social worker.

Normally, Leslie Wilkin sees her clients at Island Health in Nanaimo face to face for depression, anxiety, addictions, and other mental health challenges. Due to Covid-19, in-person therapy has ceased, and her clients have less access to personal supports because of social distancing. Wilkin worries that this disruption to the routine could make existing conditions worse.

Yoga class practicing to heal addiction in Child's Pose (Balasana)

Breaking the Cycle: How Yoga Can Help Heal Addiction

More than 24 million Americans struggle with either alcohol or drug abuse, according to a 2014 survey by The Substance Use and Mental Health Services. Chances are, someone you know and love is in that struggle... Read more
Teens practicing yoga for anxiety in Plank Pose (Phalakasana)

Yoga Can Be Helpful for Teens Suffering from Anxiety, Study Finds

A 14-year-old girl and her mother comes to see the family doctor, complaining about severe anxiety that is interfering with her ability to sleep, social interactions, and school. The mother explains that... Read more
Yoga woman for heart health in Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Yoga Boosts Cardiovascular Fitness and Psychological Health Study Shows

There has been an ongoing debate regarding yoga’s ability to improve cardiovascular and physical fitness. A new study suggests that, for sedentary college students, regular Vinyasa yoga practice may boost both fitness and mental health, and reduce stress. Read more
Yoga students practicing mindful mediation for depression

New Study Shows that Mindfulness Is Effective for Depression

Recurrent depression is a tough disease to battle. Like most mental heath issues, sufferers appear outwardly fine. On the inside, however, you may experience a lack of energy, loss of interest in many... Read more
Man practicing yoga for increased well being and goodness

10 Steps to Access Your Goodness and Change Your Life

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” ~Henry David Thoreau Once upon a time, a Native American elder was telling his grandson a story of two wolves that live in each one of us and wage a daily... Read more
Man practicing yoga Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Yoga Is Not a Standalone Treatment for Psychological Disorders

Recently, I was contacted by a well-intentioned, experienced yoga teacher who was hoping to learn some effective stress management techniques in the hope that she could teach them to a friend who was suspected of being suicidal. Read more
Yoga for depression Wide-Leg Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

One Small Step at a Time: Patricia Walden on Yoga for Depression

"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. Read more
Pros and Cons of Depression Treatment Options

Pros and Cons of Depression Treatment Options

Many individuals fighting depression report positive changes in mood and attitude when they introduce yoga into their weekly exercise routine. Yoga for depression and yogic breathing exercises can offer a natural approach to help combat depression, whether in conjunction with other treatments or on its own. Read more

Review: Yogic Breathing for Depression

When looking for help with depression, yogic breathing can provide a solid foundation to generally elevate mood and strengthen the mind. Breathing to Beat the Blues combats depression at its source; even for those who are not depressed, the CD provides yogic breathing exercises to both clear the mind and energize the body. Read more

Review: Amy Weintraub - Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieving Suffering

" The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren't enough. " -Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression Read more