Yoga to Beat 'Election Depression'

Psychiatrists recommending yoga in the US in the lead-up to the elections.

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Therapists in America are claiming to have seen an increase in depression in recent months, a phenomenon they are, at least in part, putting down to the election; 'election depression' as they are dubbing it. Psychiatrists across the United States have reported an upsurge in the number of people who feel debilitated by their fears of what's to come after November 8, given how unpopular Clinton and Trump are in their own worrisome ways.

Fantastically, a growing number of these psychiatrists are prescribing not medication but yoga to help soothe the election-related distress. Therapists who spoke to Reuters Health, a Science and Health magazine based in the United States, explained that they were advising clients to limit exposure to the news and take up breathing exercises and yoga to calm down. To read the full article, please click on the link below. We'd also love to hear your views on this, so please comment away :)

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS