The contents of this article is not to be considered medical advice. This is only a yogic and energetic viewpoint. If you or someone you know suffers from a serious medical condition, you should consult with a doctor.
Approximately 19 million Americans suffer from some form of depression. Just about every person on earth has dealt with depression at some point in their lives. One can experience short term depression or even long term clinical depression. Many know the feeling of depression all to well; you can feel sad, unmotivated, disconnected, helpless and that you have no energy. When in depression, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to get out of bed and existence is futile. For some, depression affects their every day lives to the point where they have to call out of work and lock themselves away from others.
There can be many reasons for depression that can stem from genetics, chemical imbalance in the brain, repressed memories, and current life events. Substance abuse can also cause depression and make it harder to get out of it. Many emotional reasons for depression can come from unexpressed emotions, inability to handle emotions, stress, grief, loss, etc. Depression can have roots in an unbalanced chakra, for example the 1st Chakra can have to do with acceptance of life; 2nd Chakra has to do with connecting with emotions; 3rd Chakra has to do with self-worth/ self-esteem; and the 4th has to do with love.
To learn more about kriyas and meditations for speciﬁc chakras, check out The Kundalini Yoga Experience. It is an excellent resource.
Depression is a natural bodily reaction to dealing with stress. It reduces the interconnection in the body to calm the nerves. However it is important to eventually discover the underlying reasons for the depression to get out of it. Believe it or not, even depression can be addicting. Depression can numb you from the underlying emotions you need to feel.
When one is depressed, the electromagnetic ﬁeld around the heart is weakened, which in turn weakens the aura. This person can be more susceptible to psychic attacks and other people’s toxic emotions. The immune system and digestive system slow down when depressed, which can cause one to get sick and experience weight gain.
Depression can make you feel like there is a dark rain cloud following only you around, but it is important to remember that the sun shines equally upon everyone. The feeling of depression is very real, but depression isn’t a real emotion. Get to the root cause of the depression and you may be able to uncover the reasons for the feeling. When approaching any kriya or meditation, ask what the root of the depression is. What is the emotion behind the depression? What was the event that caused this feeling? Then go from there.
Yoga can be a great practice to do when experiencing depression. It will help uncover blocks in the body and move you past the mind. Here are 5 great kriyas that Yogi Bhajan taught for depression:
1. Recharge the Self for the Aquarian Age (found in Serving the Inﬁnite: Vol 2)
This kriya has been recommended by Guru Dev, the Master of Sat Nam Rasayan for depression. It is challenging, but very effective.
The following mantras go along with the kriya:
"Har Har Gobinday" by Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa
"Meditation" by Guru Prem Singh on The Heart Rules
2. Anti-Depression and Brain Synchrony (Found in Transformation vol. 1: Mastering the Self)
"SA TA NA MA" by Snatam Kaur
3. SAD and Depression (Found in The Art, Science & Application of Kundalini Yoga.)
4. Freeing Your Energy and Defeat Depression (Found in Reaching ME in Me)
The gong is played during a part of this kriya, you can use one of the following recordings:
5. Conquering Depression (Found in Self Knowledge)
During this time it is very important to also watch your foods. Sugar, caffeine, drugs and alcohol can numb you and make the self-healing process take longer. They can also create unstable levels of norepinephrine in the brain which causes depression. It is important to stay highly conscious during these times. Going on a fruit fast can be very helpful. You can even ﬁnd a recipe for a “Depression Buster” from Dharma Singh Khalsa’s Food as Medicine.
There are also a few good yogic remedies for depression such as the asana Elephant Walk and 4:1 segmented breath. The 4:1 segmented breath can be practiced for 3-11 minutes and is four sniffs in through the nose and one long exhale out. This pranayam is called, “Segmented Breath for Depression” and can be found in Nirvair Singh’s Art, Science & Application of Kundalini Yoga.
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