Many people are falling prey to depression today. The reasons could range from hectic and unhealthy lifestyles, hormonal imbalances, stress and an inability to deal with traumatic life experiences. The symptoms of depression could vary according to the severity and the individual. This is a difficult experience for the person and the people around. According to the World Health Organization, globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
The good news: there are some simple lifestyle changes like yoga, meditation and better eating habits that could help overcome feelings of depression. How does this principle work? According to Ayurveda, depression is a sign that the body-mind complex has low prana or life-force energy. Prana is responsible for enthusiasm, happiness, and peace. Regular practice of yoga and meditation help to increase the prana levels, thereby removing the symptoms of depression. In fact, several scientific studies have found yoga to have healing effects on people with depression.