Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

*These lessons can be one-on-one, small group, large group or for a special event. They can be taught at my house or yours as well as in a corporate office. Props for up to two people will be provided.


A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. A nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.


Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

People who suffer from anxiety and or depression are found to have low levels of GABA. GABA, short for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, is an amino acid that is a natural occurring chemical or neurotransmitter in the brain that sends signals from your nerve cell to a specific target call. The main role of GABA is to have a calming effect on you and your nervous system. Not only are low levels of GABA associated with anxiety and depression but also insomnia, other mood disorders, excessive stress, hypertension, digestive problems and more. Studies are now showing that the practice of yoga is associated with increased brain GABA levels.[x] You can imagine this is a huge scientific finding for patients with anxiety and depression.

The physiological state induced by yoga elements like posture, breathing and meditation can produce an immediate, positive change in insulin secretion. Insulin is known for triggering the production of serotonin, the feel good neurotransmitter.

By holding challenging poses and breathing through them, yoga illustrates how to deal with psychological stresses, on and off the mat. Yoga teaches you to confront the challenge instead of fighting it or ignoring it entirely and teaches you invaluable tools for learning to cope.

How can yoga help

  • Decreases stress level, tension, fatigue, anger & hostility
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Improves symptoms of headaches, back pain and insomnia
  • Boosts mental health
  • Promotes a feeling of calm
  • Promotes self-study, helping you find clarity in your life, relationships, work and setting aside time for yourself to heal and relax
  • Reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure and eases respiration
  • Regulates pain response